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Margaret Stenz

Academic/Dissertation Editor

Margaret Stenz PhD is the co-author of several books and exhibition catalogues on art and artists, including Work Standing Up: The Life and Work of Paul Fontaine (2013), American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell (2012), and In the Valley of the Shadow: American Landscape Painting in the Time of the Civil War (2012). She holds a PhD in art history from the City University of New York, an MA in art history from the University of Kansas. She earned her BA from the University of Kansas, double majoring in art history and biochemistry/pre-med.

Margaret has worked as a freelance editor and dissertation coach for over a decade. She has assisted dozens of students with their dissertations, theses, journal articles, and grant applications. She edits nonfiction and academic books and articles, with a speciality in the humanities, art, history, and culture. She also has experience writing and editing a range of materials for government clients, including grant proposals and accreditation reports, and has a knack for providing a consistent voice in projects compiled by multiple authors.

Margaret worked as a curatorial and research associate at several major art museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has also taught art history courses at the City University of New York’s Baruch College and the University of Kansas.


  • Academic papers & dissertations focused in the humanities disciplines

  • Chicago/Turabian style guides


  • Dissertation editing & coaching

  • Technical editing

“I worked with Maggie on my dissertation, primarily to edit complicated (and lengthy) note and bibliographic citations. Maggie was absolutely meticulous, and provided feedback above and beyond the task at hand--including giving me brilliant advice re: how to approach dissertation revisions. She caught anomalies in my note style, and gave me word use tips that were essential not just to fixing my citations, but also to completing my final dissertation edits. Maggie was extremely quick in her turn-around, very responsive, and thorough. I can honestly say that I couldn't have finished this dissertation without her help and support!”

-Elizabeth Berkowitz, PhD

“Maggie was instrumental to the publication of my book. She is an excellent technical editor, catching many mistakes I had overlooked. However, what I was most grateful for was her interest in the project. She was clearly invested in its success. Maggie helped me to shape my rhetoric for the intended audience and made sure my facts were accurate as well. Working with her is a truly collaborative endeavor!”

-Dr. Joni Hand, Associate Professor of Art History, Southeast Missouri State University, author of Bound for the Midwest: Medieval and Early Modern Religious Manuscripts in the Charles Luce Harrison Collection