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Carla DeSantis, PhD

Carla DeSantis, Editing & Language Services



Experienced editor, freelance for university presses and individual scholars, specializing in scholarly and academic materials (humanities, social sciences, business), including copy editing, stylistic editing (line editing), back-of-book indexing, translation, complex documentation, multilingual texts, source and citation formatting, and research proposals. In addition, I myself am a published author with experience in managing a project from research and writing to editing, indexing, and proofhandling. 

My advanced linguistic training in several languages makes me attuned in a unique way to correct expression in English. I am fluent in English and Italian, have professional proficiency in Spanish and Latin, and a reading knowledge of French, Ancient Greek, and German. I offer editing services for English texts containing those languages and translating services from Italian, Spanish, and Latin into English.

As a PhD, I am a trained scholarly researcher whose skills, developed through managing lengthy and complex research and writing projects (e.g. critical assessment and analysis of sources; organization of large amounts of information; documentation; project management and timelines), can be applied to a varied range of fields and disciplines. In addition to my freelance scholarly publishing work, I have taught university-level language courses (Latin), taught Italian language privately, and have held research positions.

I won the 2020 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award, for excellence in indexing.

In addition to the above, other specialized subject areas include:   Classics, antiquity, ancient culture, medieval studies, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism, Romance philology, literary criticism, poetry, theatre, drama, textual criticism, manuscript studies, palaeography, codicology, hermeneutics, languages, dialects, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, United States, Toronto, theology, Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Muslim studies, Jewish studies, mythology, grammatical texts, etymology, lexicography, history of book production, bibliography, sociology, political science, education, teaching, composition, references, style guides, genealogy, parenting, juvenile diabetes, Canadian English, North American English 

Editors' Association of Canada's professional development courses: Copyediting; Proofreading; Stylistic Editing; Substantive Editing; Scholarly Editing; Writing and Editing for the Web; Indexing; Freelance Business; Setting Rates; Search Engine Optimization.

As a dual U.S./Canadian citizen, I am available for telecommuting employment in both countries.

I am also an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, and a member of the Indexing Society of Canada and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

*Please visit my website for more details, as well as my Facebook business page and LinkedIn profile.


Some testimonials:

"I was pleased with Carla’s structural and copy edit of my nonfiction title: Tragedy Is Risk Theatre. One of the things that I am most grateful for is that she preserved my own voice while adding clarity and directness to the manuscript. I am also grateful for her obvious care and patience in reading, analyzing, and restructuring the arguments. One of the qualities of a great editor is patience, and Carla has this quality in the spades. Great work, Carla, and I look forward to working with you again." E. Wong, author

"There is no doubt that Carla's superb copyediting skills greatly improved the overall work, and I feel confident in a highly polished finished product. She was pleasant to work with, and always prompt and thorough in correspondence. I hope to have the chance to work with her again in the future." Prof. N. Van Deusen, University of Alberta

"It has indeed been a pleasure to enjoy your thoroughness, obvious proficiency in the several languages used in my text, attention to the smallest detail, and intelligent reading of my text. I cannot recall one single issue on which I disagreed with your suggestions." L. Codignola-Bo, Senior Fellow, University of Notre Dame; Adj. Prof., St. Mary's University; Prof. ass., Université de Montréal

"Ms. DeSantis copy edited a volume of the Collected Works of Erasmus which I edited, translated, and annotated. The volume was a complex one, containing five works relating to Erasmus’ controversies with his Catholic critics. She was able not only to ensure that the style was correct and consistent, but to find and correct many of my errors, working through the texts and notes systematically and meticulously. In the process she made good use of her knowledge of Latin and Greek. I commend most highly her thoroughness and her patient and pleasant attitude to the work." ​Prof. D.L. Drysdall, University of Waikato, NZ

"Carla edited my book The Drama of the Assimilated Jew. She did an excellent job. She is very precise and detail oriented. She caught many of my own oversights and generally polished the text, making valuable suggestions and always consulting me on changes. I recommend her highly." Prof. L. Kroha, McGill University


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, other


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Conference materials
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Hand-written materials
  • Indexes
  • Periodicals, general
  • Poetry
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Résumés and CVs


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Europe
  • Gender studies
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general