As you might have heard, we’ve been recruiting editors and indexers recently here at Ideas on Fire. We’re excited to welcome seven new folks to the team and introduce them to you!

Stephanie Cohen-Perez

Stephanie Cohen-Perez wearing black glasses in front of a wall with black and white wallpaper of buildingsStephanie Cohen-Perez is a copyeditor at Ideas on Fire, where she helps interdisciplinary scholars create memorable, clear, and effective texts through editorial collaboration.

A wordsmith at heart, she manages her own freelance editing business and is an assistant acquisitions editor at the MIT Press, working on computer science and cognitive science books as well as intersecting fields such as artificial intelligence, bioethics, philosophy, and psychology. She formerly held editorial roles at both Macmillan (Bedford/St. Martin’s) and the University Press of Florida.

Stephanie co-chairs the MIT Press’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, acquiring a diverse range of authors and peer reviewers and making the workplace a welcoming environment for current and future staff and visitors.

In her free time, Stephanie writes book reviews for Publishers WeeklyBookPage, and BookList. She reads widely in the fields of literature, art and art history, and popular culture, and explores projects at the intersection of a variety of mediums like comics, graphic novels, and film and music studies. Stephanie enjoys travel, often with her canine companion—she is a proud rescue dog parent and is passionate about animal rights and advocacy.

Stephanie earned her MA in English from Boston University and BA in English from the University of Florida.

Shazia Iftkhar

Shazia Iftkhar wearing a green shirt and glasses in front of a brick wallShazia Iftkhar is a developmental editor at Ideas on Fire at Ideas on Fire, where she helps clients sharpen their ideas and arguments so that their projects reach their highest potential.

Shazia also works as a media consultant and freelance editor. Her subject matter expertise resides in critical media studies and citizenship with attention to race, ethnicity, gender, and religion in the public sphere, especially in relation to globalization, migration, and diaspora. Drawing on media studies, sociology, and religion, her research examines headscarf and veil debates in France through secularism and public life and, more broadly, citizenship and migration in Europe.

A former faculty member at the University of Michigan, Shazia enjoys nurturing writers and ideas as well as teaching and coaching academics.

Shazia holds a PhD in mass communication, with a minor in media and cultural studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MA in journalism from Temple University, and a BA in psychology from Dartmouth College, as well as a certificate in graphic design.

In her spare time, Shazia is an avid reader, film buff, and knitter.

Laura Poole

Laura Poole wearing purple glasses and a red shirtLaura Poole is a copyeditor at Ideas on Fire, where she helps interdisciplinary humanities scholars clarify their claims, adhere to publisher style guides, get their citations in order, and polish their prose.

Laura has been a professional copyeditor for over 20 years. She runs her own freelance editing business working directly for scholarly presses.

She is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and an advanced professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). She is a regular conference and workshop presenter for SfEP, ACES, and Editors Canada and conducts private, customized training for publishers and freelancers.

Laura earned her BA in English and women’s studies from Duke University. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and modern quilting.

Morgan Genevieve Blue

Morgan Genevieve Blue wearing a black blazer and red shirtMorgan Genevieve Blue is an indexer at Ideas on Fire, where she uses her interdisciplinary knowledge and keen eye for detail to build indexes that extend the reach of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Morgan also runs her own indexing business, where she edits, proofreads, and indexes books for scholars in a wide range of disciplines and at all points in their careers. She also guides higher-ed students through the dissertation process, reviews book proposals and manuscripts for academic presses, and researches girls’ media culture. She is especially knowledgeable in gender studies, critical cultural studies, media studies, performance studies, and childhood and youth studies.

Morgan is the author of Girlhood on Disney Channel: Branding, Celebrity, and Femininity, (Routledge, 2017) and an editor of Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture, Vol. 2 (Peter Lang, 2018). Her research has also been published in Feminist Media Studies, Film, Fashion and Consumption, Journal of Children and Media, and Red Feather Journal, and Voicing Girlhood: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge, 2016).

Morgan was also the founding program coordinator and media producer for the Humanities Media Project in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

She holds a PhD in media studies from the Department of Radio-Television-Film in the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned an editorial fellowship for her work on the Velvet Light Trap (UT Press). She also holds a graduate portfolio in women’s and gender studies from UT-Austin and a BA in comparative literature from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Melanie Adley

Melanie Adley wearing black glasses in front of a green wall and window with hanging plantsMelanie Adley is an indexer at Ideas on Fire, where she uses her own knowledge of diverse fields in dialogue with an author’s expertise to craft rich indexes that reflect the scholarship’s interdisciplinary depth and complexity.

Melanie is based in New York City, heading the English Department of the German School Manhattan. Her teaching and scholarly activity unite around an investment in practically realizing spaces and policies that make education accessible to all students. She uses an intersectional approach to investigate ways to destabilize dominant, marginalizing narratives in curriculum and to radicalize pedagogical practices that would result in classrooms where every student would participate in critical analysis and world changing.

She is the current and founding chair of the National Women’s Studies Association’s Feminist Pedagogy Interest Group and is committed to the #K12feminism movement.

Melanie has a PhD in German Literature and spent four years as associate director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Alice Paul Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt University.

She is particularly knowledgeable in feminist and queer theory, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, disability studies, critical pedagogy, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century German studies.

Rudy Leon

Rudy Leon wearing a black shirt, a silver necklace, and glassesRudy Leon is an indexer at Ideas on Fire, where she writes indexes for interdisciplinary scholars that help their books reach diverse audiences within and beyond the academy.

She also runs her own indexing and editing company specializing in editing academic and trade non-fiction, dissertations, and scholarly articles.​

Rudy has over 20 years of experience in editing, academic librarianship, leadership, public speaking, training, and academic research and writing.

She has served as the Education Committee Chair of the Editorial Freelancers Association and held librarianship positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the University of North Carolina Wilmington; the University of Nevada, Reno, and SUNY Potsdam.

Rudy earned her MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her MA in women’s studies and religion from Claremont Graduate University, and her BA in religious studies from Humboldt State University.

Rachel Fudge

Rachel Fudge wearing a black shirt and glasses, in front of green treesRachel Fudge is a copyeditor at Ideas on Fire, where she helps interdisciplinary scholars express themselves clearly, with integrity, accuracy, and personality.

Rachel has run her own freelance editing business for 20 years, providing copyediting, proofreading, formatting, and project management services to academic and trade publishers, nonprofits, and independent authors.

She is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Bay Area Editors’ Forum. She believes that editors have the power to effect social change through conscious language and an awareness of biases.

Rachel earned her BA in history and American studies from Princeton University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the foggy beaches and breezy hilltops of the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

The Ideas on Fire team is excited to work with you on your interdisciplinary project!

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