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Emma Warnken Johnson


I am an experienced editor and indexer of textbooks, scholarly works, trade non-fiction, and materials for educational and non-profit organizations.

I specialize in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on areas in which I have academic training: cultural anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, history, and classical studies. I also have experience in the areas of sociology, education, health studies, film, and gender & sexuality studies. 

My background

I've worked on over 100 projects in the last 10 years, and have additional experience as an in-house production manager at an academic press, where I managed approximately 15 new titles at a time, including scheduling, budgeting, hiring freelancers, working with authors, and maintaining quality control. I received my editorial training at Ryerson University, where I completed the publishing certificate.

Originally trained in the social sciences, I hold a BA in Anthropology and Classics (McGill University) and an MA in Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology, UCL). I have experience in fieldwork, archival work, and original research in those areas.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Permissions
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Catalogues
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Newsletters
  • Reports, other
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Animals
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Pedagogy
  • Politics
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general