Sheryl Kaskowitz
writer, editor, researcher



Sheryl Kaskowitz provides writing, qualitative research and analysis, developmental editing,  copyediting, and proofreading services to nonprofit organizations, educational research institutions, and individual authors. Most recently, as communications writer for Making Waves Foundation, she researched and wrote monthly articles for the Voices of Making Waves series and edited Q&A posts for the College Success Institute blog. Previously, she served as associate editor for the journal VUE: Voices in Urban Education (nos. 41–46) at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

Since earning her PhD in music from Harvard in 2011, Sheryl has written extensively about music in American culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the role that music can play in civic life. Her first book, God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song, was published in 2013 to positive reviews (including pieces in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor) and won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Book Award for music writing. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Slate, Humanities, and The Avid Listener, and she has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” the Washington Post’s “Can He Do That?” podcast,  the ABC News podcast “Start Here,” and the public radio news show “The Texas Standard.”

Sheryl’s current book project explores a little-known New Deal music program that worked with those hardest hit by the Great Depression and collected folk music that laid the foundation for the folk revival of the 1950s and 60s. In support of this research, she has received a Public Scholars Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2018) and a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress (2016).

“Sheryl was such a joy to have on our team. . . . She's a great writer. She conducted extensive research and interviews for each piece and then brought what she heard to life through a writing style was this amazing blend of storytelling and journalism. Grateful for her contributions!”
—Nonprofit writing client (online article series)

“Sheryl is a beautiful writer and terrific editor. She is extremely responsive and raises the level of my work with her incisive feedback and thoughtful suggestions. My work is more powerful and impactful due to Sheryl’s input.” —Developmental editing client (academic book)

“Working with Sheryl is an absolute pleasure! She handles everything quickly and does an amazing job. I continue to work with her on various personal and professional projects.” —Copyediting client (trade book)

“Sheryl’s editing skills and attention to detail were invaluable while I was writing my dissertation. She was always very conscientious and saved me from a huge number of errors. Most importantly, when I first started working with her during a time when I was ready to give up, she got me back on track!” —Developmental editing client (PhD dissertation)

“I will be forever grateful for Sheryl’s editing work on my PhD dissertation. She read my work quickly and offered concise, easy-to-implement suggestions that clarified the material for readers and for me as well! I really cannot overstate what an enormous help she was. My only regret is not finding my way to her sooner—I’m confident she would have saved me many months of agony.” —Developmental editing client (PhD dissertation)