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About Vaneesa Cook, PhD


I earned a PhD in US history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015. 

For over twelve years, I have edited manuscripts for scholars as well as students.

I have been creating indexes and editing as a freelancer since 2017. 

My own writing has appeared in journals and magazines such as Religion & American Culture, The Oxford University Press Encyclopedia, Aeon, Raritan, Sojourners, The Washington Post, No Depression, The LA Review of Books, and Dissent.

My book, Spiritual Socialists, was published in Fall 2019 by UPenn Press.   

Editing and Indexing:


I offer the technical skills of an editor and indexer, but also a scholar's understanding of academic concepts and writing. I will help you craft a better draft and a user-friendly index.

Writing and Lecturing:


I can help develop writing skills for high school-aged, college-aged, or any-aged clients.  And, for those preparing memoirs, I have the historical and writing background to handle all the details. I also offer lectures for libraries, historical societies, and universities. 


Dr. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen - UW-Madison

Dr. Jeremi Suri -

University of Texas-Austin

John P. Kaminski - UW-Madison

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