At its most basic, editing is the benefit of another set of eyes.

Attentive editing refines your compositions so that your research reaches the right audiences—and so that you experience the relief and accomplishment that result from completing writing projects.

I am a Chicago-trained academic editor with years of experience.

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

Katie Van Heest, PhD



I’m Katie Van Heest, PhD, the editor behind Tweed Academic Editing. My 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)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Portland State University (teaching graduate- and undergraduate-level book editing)
  • BA, cum laude, in gender studies & religious studies, Scripps College
  • Visiting lectureship 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 University
  • Ongoing professional development—for example, with the University of Chicago, the Author-Editor Clinic, and Editcetera
  • Election to the council of the Text & Academic Authors Association
  • Membership on the advisory board for the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, an independent research organization
  • Critical editor, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by David Delamare, 2015–2016
  • Associate editor for Lexington/Fortress Academic book series Scripturalization: Discourse, Formation, and Power


In addition to my work with individual professors, independent scholars, and advanced students, I have edited for Fordham University Press, Indiana University Press, and the Society of Biblical Literature. I have also been the copyeditor for the journal Media Industries.



Read more about my clients and past projects here.

University of Chicago Editing Certificate Graduate
University of Chicago Editing Certificate Graduate
ACES Member
Northwest Editors Guild Member

What Are You Working On?

Determining how Tweed can best help you starts with a conversation. Let me know about your upcoming projects—where they stand and what your goals are.