We connect Black and Indigenous scholars and researchers with pro bono academic editing services to support their intellectual and creative careers

Find BIPOC academic editors for hire 

If and when you have sufficient funding to pay for editorial services, we recommend you hire a Black and/or Indigenous editor. This page lists several membership directories for BIPOC editors as well as, with their permission, several Black and/or Indigenous editors who specialize in academic and scholarly editing.


Request pro bono editing for your journal manuscript or grant proposal

To request pro bono editing services, (1) scroll down this page to find editors currently available, or (2) contact us with your request, and we will connect you with an editor. 


Request additional supports for your academic writing career

Black and/or Indigenous editors who specialize in academic editing

Note: The editors on this list work independently and are not necessarily affiliated with the Academic Editing Circle. Please contact them directly to discuss your project.


Alicia Chantal

  • Fresh Look Editing
  • More than 15 years’ experience in professional communication with a background in public relations. Non-fiction copyediting and proofreading specialist for business communication, human interest, health care, education, and academia (humanities and social sciences), with additional experience editing pre-submission articles on nursing research and public health.

Otito Iwuchukwu, PhD

  • Get Fab Editing
  • I work collaboratively with physician, pharmacist and professional organizational clients to edit: journal manuscripts, academic profiles, letters of intent and statements of purpose, academic presentations and handouts, grant proposals and donor campaign messages, instructional materials and assessment items.

Dana Johnson

  • dj.edits
  • A licensed science educator and former scientist, Dana has over ten years of experience copyediting doctoral dissertations, nonfiction manuscripts, articles, and educational materials. Dana brings to all projects a DEI&J lens as well as specialized knowledge in the life, physical, and social sciences.

Rhonda Kronyk

  • Rhonda Kronyk Literary Services
  • With eleven years’ experience in humanities and social science editing in many subjects, I am comfortable with related academic conventions and style guides, including academic journals. I specialize in helping you fit your voice to your audience – whether you are writing a trade non-fiction, undergraduate, or graduate-level manuscript, with additional experience in editing grants for medicine and science and a specialization in Indigenous content.

Nqobile Zulu, PhD

  • Nqobile Zulu on LinkedIn
  • I have over 20 years of teaching and lecturing experience as an English teacher, Researcher and University lecturer. I have solid experience with all types of texts. With a hawk’s eye for detail that is backed by training and on-the-job experience, I am passionate about teaching and facilitation; coaching and mentoring.

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Editors currently offering pro bono editing with the Academic Editing Circle


——— Available for pro bono editing April–June 2024

You may contact any of these editors directly or through the Academic Editing Circle contact page.

Please note that many of our volunteers can only take on pro bono projects the size of a journal article, a book chapter, or one to two chapters of a dissertation. If you have a full book or dissertation project in mind, please talk to your editor to decide together what they can offer that will be most useful to you.


Kristin Batterton

  • Detailed Draft Editorial
  • Experienced résumé specialist and scorer for the Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) certification committee. Would love to help boost your résumé or CV. Copyediting, line editing, and proofreading for journal articles and fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Certificate in editing from the University of Chicago.

Ayesha Chari (June 2024 only)

  • Ayesha Chari, Independent Editor
  • Editing experience of ~20 years, with a decade in traditional in-house publishing. Expertise in journal articles, multi-author books, conference proceedings and monographs across subject areas, including interdisciplinary studies, international development, anthropology, ethnography, gender, cultural and performance studies, economics, and South East Asian studies. Extensive experience of working with multilingual authors and understanding of multicultural backgrounds. I help scholars share ideas clearly and publish with confidence.

Kyra Freestar

  • Bridge Creek Editing
  • More than fifteen years’ experience editing journal articles and funding proposals in interdisciplinary health and social sciences, including global health, public health, and nursing research. Background in cultural anthropology, gender studies, and health care research. Editing mentor and organizer.

Rudy Leon

  • Evoke
  • Over five years’ experience editing monographs, multi-authored books, articles, and grant reports in both interdisciplinary and disciplinary social sciences and humanities. Subject matter expertise includes gender and sexuality studies, area studies, social justice activism, ethnic and Indigenous studies, critical race studies, cookbooks and foodways, anthropology, communication studies, political science and international relations, history, and LIS.

Dawn Schuldenfrei

  • DRS Editing
  • Experienced copyeditor of manuscripts for journal submission in fields such as medicine, molecular biology, and microbiology. MS in biochemistry and a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School.

Cory Stade

  • Dr Coco’s Academic Proofreading Service
  • With a PhD in archaeology and BA in linguistics, I specialise in editing theses, manuscripts and grant applications in the social sciences and humanities. I’m Canadian but have lived in the UK for many years. I began editing professionally in 2020 and am an Intermediate Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.


——— Available for pro bono editing July–September 2024

(Please contact us to request editing projects for July 2024 or later, and we will be happy to work with you!)


Past and future editors participating in the Academic Editing Circle

These editors have completed at least one pro bono editing project through the Academic Editing Circle. They are currently focusing on paid work, but intend to participate again in the future.

We are happy to welcome volunteer editors at any time!



Extras: online courses, writing groups, résumé/CV reviews

For Black and/or Indigenous scholars (professors, students, researchers, etc.) anywhere in the world:

Free online courses on advanced tools for writing and editing in MS Word, with editor Hilary Cadman

Hilary has been where you are, frustrated with MS Word and the writing and editing process. Having discovered how to use Word and its many useful add-ins well, Hilary is passionate about helping others to use Word and other tools to work faster and smarter.

Contact Hilary directly to request your free course.

Free online academic writing accountability group, hosted by editor Kyra Freestar

You are invited to join a weekly online writing group for early-career professors, postdocs, graduate students, and others writing academic- and research-adjacent work. This group is designed to support especially women, people of color, first-generation Americans, and first-generation postgraduate students, who frequently do not receive adequate cultural and institutional support for their careers. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost to attend.

Click here to read more about the group.

Click here to sign up for the next 8-week session.

Free review of your academic résumé or CV, by editor Kristin Batterton

To request pro bono résumé or CV services, email Kristin Batterton, CPRW, and mention the Academic Editing Circle. Let’s get your résumé or CV in top shape so you can feel confident sending it out.

      Additional resources

      #AcademicsForBlackLives: a public list of non-Black academics who have pledged to provide various types of support for Black womxn academics during this time of need and beyond. Services available include editing and proofreading as well as support with other academic responsibilities.

      Free author resources from PREPSS: “Pre-Publication Support Service (PREPSS) provides manuscript development and writing support to health researchers from around the globe to address authorship disparities.” Some services are restricted to researchers affiliated with participating institutions, but their suite of free author resources—on writing and publishing, cover letters, peer review, scientific posters and more—is available to all.

      Free author resources from the PLOS Writing Center: This page offers free guides on article writing. “Learn how to prepare each of the key components of a research article from start to finish.”