Sheryl Kaskowitz
writer & editor



Selected writing

God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Government Song Women: The Forgotten Folk Collectors of the New Deal,” Humanities, Spring 2020.

“‘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.

Sheryl Kaskowitz is a writer, editor, and researcher living in Berkeley, California. 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. Since earning her Ph.D. in music from Harvard in 2011, she 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 writing has been published in The New York Times, Slate, HumanitiesParade, and Bloomberg News, and she has appeared as a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” and the ABC News podcast “Start Here.” 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. 

Testimonials for development editing, copyediting, and writing consulting
“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)