Katie Van Heest, TWEED Academic EditingI’m Katrina Van Heest, PhD, the editor behind Tweed Academic Editing. My humble ambition is simple: to advance scholarship. To that end, I make academic writing polished, presentable, and professional.

Scholarship matters . . . but much of it stagnates before it sees the light of day. I refine scholarly writing in order to optimize its value in the academy and broader culture.

My academic credentials allow me to think critically about your project, and I have the editing chops to smooth your style and scaffold your ideas. I obsess about grammar, mechanics, argument, formatting, and consistency so that you can focus on generating your scholarly contribution.


  • PhD & MA in the study of religion, Claremont Graduate University
  • Certificate in editing, University of Chicago (training through the advanced level, including developmental editing, acquisitions editing, and electronic methods)
  • BA, cum laude, in gender studies & religious studies, Scripps College
  • Visiting lecturership in religious studies, Pomona College
  • Teaching fellowship & assistantships, Claremont Colleges Consortium
  • Assistantship to the director, Institute of Signifying Scriptures, a research center for comparative religion
  • Appointment as official dissertation reader, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate UniversityUniversity of Chicago Graduate Logo
  • Ongoing professional development, for example with Editcetera and the University of Chicago

My resume in PDF format


In addition to my work with individual professors, independent scholars, and advanced students, I edit for Fordham University Press, Indiana University Press, and the Society of Biblical Literature.


Behind these spectacles, my baby blues are sharp and disciplined to help you refine your compositions so that you best reach your intended audiences—and so that you do experience the relief and accomplishment that results from completing writing projects. For more information about me and my editing practice, read the Tweed story.

Please peruse my menu of services, which are designed to support a variety of writing projects at any stage, from brainstorming to final polishing.


Photo by Posy Quarterman, photographer extraordinaire. Special thanks to Jeff Hendrickson Design for sprucing up my header image.

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