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Liat Radcliffe Ross, DPhil



Dr. Liat Radcliffe Ross is a freelance editor, specializing in academic manuscripts and NGO communications.

Liat has been editing, writing and doing research for nearly 20 years. She has worked in academia, print journalism, policy research and finance in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Liat earned her doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford. She honed her professional editing skills by taking courses and seminars at Ryerson University and with the Editors' Association of Canada.

Examples of Liat's academic editing include a book manuscript on the politics of international intervention in Afghanistan; an academic article offering a sociocultural critique of health & wellness programs; a journal submission on desert ecosystems, written by a team of non-native English speakers; and a PhD dissertation on gender and indigenous identity in Canada. During her own academic career, she published several articles about the foreign-policy interests of Muslim minorities in Canada, the UK and the US, and conducted postdoctoral research on Islam and humanitarian organizations in North America. 

Liat has edited a wide variety of online communications -- including websites, e-newsletters and blog posts -- as well as grant applications for international NGOs, including a development charity in Africa and an international environmental organization. These projects have given her experience working with authors for whom English is a second language and allowed her to learn basic website development, including Wordpress. 

Other relevant work experience includes a multi-year stint as a journalist in the London bureau of Newsweek magazine and a year-long research assistantship at a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Conference materials
  • E-materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Animals
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Europe
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • North America
  • Politics
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • United States