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

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. 

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.


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Editors currently offering pro bono editing with the Academic Editing Circle


——— Available for pro bono editing April–June 2021

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

MJ Anderson

  • MJ Anderson’s LinkedIn page
  • Fifteen years’ experience, including seven years copyediting research reports, journal articles, and funding proposals on US public education. Other editing experience includes health care, medical device development, and general nonfiction.

Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein

  • Contact the Academic Editing Circle
  • PhD in linguistic anthropology, 15+ years of editing experience in the humanities and social sciences. Loves empowering scholars to communicate with different audiences, from journals to funders to the public.

Megan Christy

  • Dragon Eye Editing
  • Copy editor and proofreader experienced in editing journal articles, news articles, grant proposals, as well as fiction. Background in social anthropology, social sciences, and ethnic studies.

Ideas on Fire

  • Ideas on Fire website
  • Developmental editing and copyediting of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. We work on texts in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, performance, art, film/media studies, disability studies, area studies, social justice activism, ethnic studies, critical race studies, Indigenous studies, critical legal studies and prison abolition, communication studies, science and technology studies, and feminist and social justice–oriented approaches to medicine. To see the types of projects we work on, see our portfolio: https://ideasonfire.net/portfolio-client-projects/.

Susan Keown

  • Susan Keown’s LinkedIn page
  • Three+ years science editing experience focused on plain language communications and storytelling in health sciences and biomedical research. Other science editing experience includes journal articles, technical websites, study materials. MS in Entomology.

Ellen Kuwana

  • Ellen Kuwana’s LinkedIn page
  • Scientist with 25 years’ experience in scientific communications, including journal articles, grant applications, clinical research documentation, continuing education resources (CME, CNE), and patient education materials. Subject matter expertise in bioethics, neuroscience, pain, medical cannabis, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, molecular biology, and cancer biology.

Jacob Moore

  • Jacob Moore’s LinkedIn page
  • Ten years’ editing experience with a focus on developing, refining, and copyediting pieces that relate to architecture, politics, and society. Primary experience is with publications that have an audience rooted in, but not limited to, academia.

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.


——— Available for pro bono editing July–September 2021: TBA

Please contact us to schedule editing projects for July 2021 or later.


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.