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Pascal Massinon, PhD

Toronto, ON
Canada

Profile

As a Toronto-based freelance academic copy editor and structural editor, I provide sound judgment to help your prose resonate with readers.

I specialize in all forms of academic editing, and am dedicated to the notion that complex ideas should be accessible to all readers. Having received my PhD in History (University of Michigan, 2016), I’m well versed in the conventions, expectations, and common frustrations of academic writing, both in Canada and the U.S. So if you find yourself struggling through thorny organizational challenges in a book-length manuscript; wondering how to balance description and analysis as you turn a dissertation chapter into an article; trying to prune your prose of jargon for a grant application; or simply needing a careful set of eyes your project, whatever its scale, my expertise is available to your individual needs. 

Given my experience as a researcher who specialized in sound studies, I’m particularly attuned to the challenges of writing about non-written forms of communication. Whether you’re working with media that unfold through time—sound recordings, films, even technical processes—or more static ones like visual artworks or buildings, my editing can help guide your readers through materials that are difficult to put into words.

In addition to my expertise in thinking about sound, I have worked on a wide range of humanities projects ranging from the fields of cultural history and political theory to urban studies and anthropology. I’ve also twice edited the complete conference proceedings for the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA, 2016 and 2017).

Beyond my academic and professional interests, I'm an avid amateur cook, baseball fan, and former freeform radio host. No matter what your specialty is, however, I’m always interested in gaining a wider perspective and in editing for fields outside of my own; if you don’t see your particular interests reflected here, feel free to get in touch if my services sound right for you. 

Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing

Media/Genres

  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising

Subjects

  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Music
  • North America
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • United States