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Academic Degrees


Academic Career

  1. 1997-2003   Ph.D. Program (Anthropology/Archaeology) Department of Anthropology University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

         My studies focused on gender, politics, and spatial organization in West Africa,       particularly among pre-colonial Akan-speaking peoples. I am also interested in mortuary patterns and in the interplay between nutrition, physical growth and maturation, and disease.

  • passed Master’s and Doctoral qualifying examinations in 1998
  • passed language requirement examination (Spanish) in 1998
  • cumulative GPA: 3.79/4.00 

     2.  Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude), Howard University, Washington, D.C.

       Anthropological studies supplemented with coursework in Sociology, Geology, and History. Geographical focus on Latin America/African Diaspora.

  • Major: Anthropology (Honors), with emphasis in Archaeology
  • Minor: History, with an emphasis on Latin America and the African Diaspora
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.75/4.00

Proofreading/Editing Experience and Qualifications

I began my formal editing career in 2011, when I became the co-General Editor of the Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America (2015, Sage). I currently work as an independent contractor for University Proofreading and Cactus Communications. 

 I perform basic, advanced and premium proofreading and editing services, including academic and bibliographic research, for academic and professional clients, as well as journal selection and peer review services. Works that I have edited have included PhD theses and published academic volumes and journal articles in a variety of topics in the social and natural sciences, including history, sociology, anthropology, political science, project management and biology. Journals in which such works have been published include: Latin American Antiquity; American Journal of Physical Anthropology; Resources Policy; Journal of African Studies; Journal of Black Studies; Philosophy and Social Criticism; Energy Research & Social Science; International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation.


  • Copy editing
  • Advanced and Premium editing
  • Peer Review
  • Journal selection
  • Research

Personal Message

My careers as an academic and an administrator have fostered the development of superior writing, organizational and analytical skills, as well as an ability to work well both cooperatively and independently. My research skills allow me to expand my knowledge base to include a wide diversity of topics. When editing copy, I have developed a reputation for being able to “preserve the author’s voice”, while also identifying and correcting errors in grammar and style that others may miss.


My availability is fairly flexible, and I have often worked on very short notice.