The Clarity Editor

About the Clarity Editor

I’m a bilingual cross-cultural English editor. And I’m passionate about clear communication and plain language.

Of all my testimonials, this is my favorite:

I appreciate not only Ema’s editing skills but the kind and gracious way that she uses those skills.

Sarah Black, Founder, Athru Communications
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When you work with me, you will get someone who

  • understands the challenges of communicating across cultures and languages
  • aims to meet your needs
  • treats you and your work with respect (I’m very nice 🙂 )
  • keeps to the deadline (and often submits work ahead of time)
  • works carefully and thoroughly
  • combines editing skills and experience in the social sciences
  • has a master’s degree in international affairs and a bachelor’s in psychology, both from top US institutions

I’d love to help you get your message across.

Get in touch to discuss whether we might be a good fit for your non-fiction scholarly writing project!

How I got here…

I’m a bilingual “third culture kid” who grew up between two countries and has lived in five (seven, if you count studying abroad as a student 😊).

I’m fascinated with communication across boundaries because I know what it’s like to translate thoughts between different cultures and languages.

I love reading your ideas, thoughts, and insights. And when I see messages getting lost in the words, my fingers itch. I want to help you get your great ideas out into the world.

I hope that I can be of service to you.

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Editing experience

With over 15 years of professional experience, including over six years of editing, I’ve worked with multi-language authors through

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Favorite subjects

Socioeconomic development (human rights, social development, public health, sexual & reproductive health rights, migrants, youth and child development, poverty reduction)

Social sciences (public health, psychology, education, political science, general economics, history, sociology, etc.)

Third culture kids, cross-cultural kids, multilingualism, parenting

Edited for…

Centre for Economic Policy Research and

Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research

TASC, The Graduate Institute

United Nations agencies & international organizations

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Private sector (biotech, healthcare, training)

See my editing services.

Academic, professional & training credentials

Masters of International Affairs, Columbia University (USA) in Economic and Political Development

☘ Professional societies

Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading, Intermediate Member
Plain Language Association International

☘ Courses, webinars & events (highlights)


Copy-editing 2: Headway [Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)]

Plain English for Editors [CIEP]

Design for Readability [Editors Canada webinar]

Editing in a Multilingual World [ACES: The Society for Editing webinar]

Inclusive Language [ACES: The Society for Editing webinar]

Proofreading and Copyediting with The Chicago Manual of Style [Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)]

Writing for the Sciences [Stanford University via Coursera]

Plain Language

Access for All: Plain Language Is a Civil Right [PLAIN conference]

Clear Writing for Europe 2021 [European Commission conference]

Plain Language 2022 [Japan Plain English and Language Consortium conference]

Plain English for Editors [CIEP course]

Plain Language Online Training [US National Institutes of Health course]


Accessible Publishing Summit 2022: User Perspectives [NNELS Canada webinar]

Accessible Word Documents [DAISY Learning]

Creating accessible PDFs, by Margaret Hunter, Daisy Editorial [CIEP2022 session]

Inclusive Design Principles, by Henny Swan [2021 Inclusive Design 24 webinar]

Other subjects

Human Rights and Health [Human Rights Education Association]

An Introduction to Global Health [University of Copenhagen via Coursera]

Language Prejudice and the Documentation of Minoritized Varieties of English [Oxford English Dictionary webinar]

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys [University of Michigan via Coursera]

Latest reports & thoughts about work

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Find all my freebies (and buy me a coffee if you like)

You can get my free downloads from one place now, at (Cups of coffee also welcome!) One day, I downloaded a wonderful resource from an editor colleague. (Sofia Matias ...
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RESOURCE: One-pager quick tips on writing clearly

A one-pager of quick tips for writing clearly! Sometimes, it's hard to remember all the little things that help make your writing clearer. Here's a one-pager to help you remember ...
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The Clarity Editor annual report 2022

A roundup of a wonderfully unspectacular year with 728 hours of editing. I am fantasizing about a split mechanical keyboard and a healthy and fulfilling 2023 for you all! ...

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Contact me

I look forward to being of service! Please contact me via the form below or email to discuss your needs and my services. I will get back to you as soon as I can during my working hours.