Sheryl Kaskowitz
writer & editor

Developmental editing, copyediting, and writing consulting for academic and trade authors



Selected publications
God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song (Oxford University Press, 2013)

“‘God Bless America’: One Hundred Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem,” New York Times, 4 July 2018

“Before It Goes Away: Performance and Reclamation of Songs from Blackface Minstrelsy,” The Avid Listener, 31 July 2017.

“Through the Night with a Light from the Right: How ‘God Bless America’ Became a Conservative Anthem,” Slate, 4 July 2013.

Journal editing
VUE: Voices in Urban Education, Issue nos. 41–46

“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 (Ph.D. 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 (Ph.D. dissertation)

Sheryl Kaskowitz is a writer, editor, and researcher living in Berkeley, California. In addition to freelance writing and editing, she currently works as an educational researcher at Heller Research Associates, where she manages the evaluation of a federally-funded project serving Latinx and low-income college students. She previously served as staff editor for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, which involved writing and editing a wide range of materials relating to racial equity and excellence in public education, including the journal VUE: Voices in Urban Education. Sheryl received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard in 2011, and her research and writing focuses on the role of music in American culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her current book project explores the careers of two women who collected folksongs for a secret New Deal music program led by Pete Seeger’s father in the 1930s.