Manuscripts Edited

Jason Canon | November 2016
Heavy copyedit of The Power of Pitch: A Linguistic Secret to the Perfect Word, an ebook. (13 MS pages and review of the prosesmith.com website)

Georgetown University Press | October 2016
Proofread of The Field Researcher's Handbook: A Guide to the Art and Science of Professional Field Work, a monograph by David J. Danelo. (138 MS pages in Chicago style)

Humanities First | October 2016
Reference formatting and medium copyedit of "Gospel Music in Black and White," a chapter submission by Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw for Sacred Messages in a Secular World: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Multiculturalism and the Christian Experience. (20 MS pages in APA style)

Humanities First | September–October 2016
Heavy copyedit of "The Iconography of the Modern American Short Story in the Age of Technological Reproduction," a PhD dissertation by Lucienne Mueller. (315 MS pages in MLA style)

Humanities First | September 2016
Reference formatting and medium copyedit of "Gospel Music: Cultural Artifact or Cross-cultural Opportunity?" a chapter by Margot Cullen and Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw to be published in The Arts in Education, edited by Nancy Kindalen (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). (17 MS pages in Chicago style)

The Ohio State University Press | August–September 2016
Medium copyedit of Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative, a monograph by Alexa Weik von Mossner. (416 MS pages in Chicago style)

The Industrial Commons | August 2016
Developmental edit and heavy copyedit of "The Carolina Textile District and The Industrial Commons: Harnessing Industry Knowledge, Value Chains, and Worker Ownership in Manufacturing to Bring Real Benefits to People and Communities," a case study for the Democracy at Work Institute. (17 MS pages in Chicago style)

Humanities First | August 2016
Proofread and reference formatting for "Human Trafficking and Intra-Imperial Knowledge: Adopted Daughters, Households, and Law in Imperial Japan and Colonial Taiwan, 1919–1935," an article submitted to the Journal of Women's History. (46 MS pages in Chicago style)

The Ohio State University Press | August 2016
Light copyedit of Drawing the Line: Comics Studies and INKS, 1994–1997, a collection of essays edited by Lucy Shelton Caswell and Jared Gardner. (325 MS pages in Chicago style)

University of New Mexico Press | May–August 2016
Medium copyedit of Out West: An Alaskan Fisherwoman's Memoir, a nonfiction narrative by Rosemary McGuire. (188 MS pages in Chicago style)

Virginia Commonwealth University | July 2016
Layout design and light copyedit of The Medical Literary Messenger 3 no. 2 (2016). (32 MS pages in house style)

The Ohio State University Press | May–June 2016
Light copyedit of Living Chronic: Agency and Expertise in the Rhetoric of Diabetes, a monograph by Lora Arduser. (294 MS pages in Chicago and APA styles)

Humanities First | May 2016
Reference formatting and proofread of The State of Urban Imagery: Berlin Photography during the Second Empire, a monograph by Miriam Paeslack. (141 MS pages in Chicago style)

Humanities First | February–March 2016
Light copyedit of "Queering Inheritance: Alternative Genealogies in Irish and Indian English Women's Writing," a PhD dissertation by Tara Harney-Mahajan. (286 MS pages in MLA style)

Pace University Press | January–February 2016
Medium copyedit of the inaugural issue of Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education. (236 MS pages in APA style)

Virginia Commonwealth University | November–December 2015
Layout design and light copyedit of The Medical Literary Messenger 3 no. 1 (2015). (24 MS pages in house style)

Robert W. Ferguson | January 2015–April 2016
Developmental edit and heavy copyedit of Being Bobby: Experiencing God, Life, and Growing Up, a memoir (Bloomington: Westbow Press, forthcoming). (269 MS pages in CW style)

 

Writing samples

Van Hart, Rachel F. “The Editorial Double Vision of Maxwell Perkins: How the Editor of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe Plied His Craft.” Master's thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015. (http://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/3729/)

Van Hart, Rachel F. “A Case for the Autistic Perspective in Young Adult Literature.” English Journal 102 no. 2 (2012): 27–36.

 

Staff Positions

Humanities First | 2016–present
Associate editor for Humanities First, a nonprofit that provides scholars with affordable editorial support.

The Medical Literary Messenger | 2013–present
Co-founder, managing editor, and current copy editor and designer for Virginia Commonwealth University's school of medicine affiliate literary magazine

Ballotpedia.org | 2015–2016
Associate copy editor for the online encyclopedia of American politics, a project of the Lucy Burns Institute

The Savannah Morning News | 2008–2010
Copy editor, layout designer, and weekend wire editor for the mid-size daily in Savannah, Georgia

The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet | 2007–2008
Copy editor and layout designer for sister newspapers in Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina, respectively

The Daily Tar Heel | 2004–2007
Staff member on the design and copy desks and design editor for the University of North Carolina's student-run newspaper