Emma Warnken Johnson

I am an experienced editor of textbooks, scholarly works, trade non-fiction, and materials for educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

I specialize in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on areas in which I have academic training: cultural anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, history, and classical studies. I also have experience in the areas of sociology, education, health studies, film, and gender & sexuality studies.


Copy Editing

Editing manuscripts for consistency, correctness, and clarity, always keeping in mind the author’s voice and the audience’s needs.


Checking typeset materials for errors in spelling and grammar and inconsistencies in layout and design, either on paper or on-screen.


Back-of-the-book indexing for reports and non-fiction titles, focusing on functionality and the needs of the reader.

Substantive & Developmental Editing

Working with authors and publishers to improve structure and style, and preparing manuscripts for publication.

Permissions & Copyright

Managing permissions projects, assessing copyright requirements of text and images, and negotiating with copyright holders to use their work.

Project Management

Coordinating the publication process, working with authors and freelancers, and ensuring editorial and design work of the highest quality.

Selected Portfolio

The Drug Paradox: An Introduction to the Sociology of Psychoactive Substances in Canada, by Tara L. Bruno and Rick Csiernik (Canadian Scholars, 2018).

PhD Dissertation, women's studies/Latin American studies (2017).

Journal article, nursing (2017).

Race and Racialization: Essential Readings, 2nd edition, edited by Tania Das Gupta, Carl E. James, Roger C.A. Maaka, Grace-Edward Galabuzi, and Chris Andersen (Canadian Scholars, 2017).

Journal article, information technology (2017).

Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, 2nd edition, by Ronald Niezen (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Population Health in Canada: Issues, Research, and Action, edited by Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Ronald Labonté, Corinne Packer, and Vivien Runnels (Canadian Scholars, 2017).

Journal article, faculty professional development (2017).

Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field, by Michael J. Villeneuve (Canadian Scholars, 2017).

The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, 2nd edition, by Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John (Dundurn Press, 2017).

Celebrating World Cultures, by the Museum of Anthropology (text for exhibit at BC Children's Hospital, 2017).

Journal article, interprofessional education (2017).

Foundational Training Program for Osh-ke-ba-Wis and Future Traditional Healers, Ceremonialists, and Traditional Teachers, by Lynn Lavallée (report for Anishnawbe Health Toronto, 2016).

Responding to the Oppression of Addiction: Canadian Social Work Perspectives, 3rd edition, edited by Rick Csiernik and William S. Rowe (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2017).

Missing Persons: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Disappeared, edited by Derek Congram (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2016).

Oversight: Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics, by Viviane Namaste (Women’s Press, 2015).

A Scented Flower: Memories of Elka Beth Klein, edited by Martin Klein & Suzanne Klein (Women’s Press, 2015).

Sivumut—Towards the Future Together: Inuit Women Educational Leaders in Nunavut and Nunavik, edited by Fiona Walton & Darlene O'Leary (Women’s Press, 2015).

Marxist Phoenix: Studies in Historical Materialism and Marxist Socialism, by Murray E. G. Smith (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories, edited by Kathryn Palmateer & Martha Solomon (Three O’Clock Press, 2014).

Youth and Society: The Long and Winding Road, 3rd edition, by Vappu Tyyskä (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

Contemporary Inequalities and Social Justice in Canada, edited by Janine Brodie (University of Toronto Press, 2018).

The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame: A Life of Louise Arner Boyd, by Joanna Kafarowski (Dundurn, 2017).

Forcing Choice: The Risky Reward of Referendums, by J. Patrick Boyer (Dundurn, 2017).

A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, edited by Michael Bruening (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, by Carolyn Harris (Dundurn, 2017).

Living Up to a Legend: My Adventures with Billy Bishop’s Ghost, by Diana Bishop (Dundurn, 2017).

This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Spanish Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569–1611, edited and translated by Patrick J. O’Banion (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

A Different Kind of Ethnography: Imaginative Practices and Creative Methodologies, edited by Denielle Elliott & Dara Culhane (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing, edited by Eric Staples, Susan L. Ray, & Rush A. Hannon (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2016).

In the Loop (biweekly newsletter) and other marketing materials, The Linden School (2015–2017).

Stories for Every Classroom: Canadian Fiction Portraying Characters with Disabilities, by Beverley Brenna (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015).

Becoming Girl: Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood, edited by Marnina Gonick & Susanne Gannon (Women’s Press, 2014).

Challenging Notions: Critical Victimology in Canada, 2nd edition, by Tammy Landau (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable, edited by John Sorenson (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

Immigrant Integration: Research Implications for Future Policy, edited by Kenise Murphy Kilbride (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

Redefining Multicultural Education: Inclusion and the Right to Be Different, 3rd edition, by Ratna Ghosh & Mariusz Galczynski (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014).

Education and the Politics of Difference: Select Canadian Perspectives, 2nd edition, by Ratna Ghosh & Ali A. Abdi (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013).

Mathematical Models in Teaching: Reasoning without Memorization, by Ann Kajander & Tom Boland (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013).

Out of Context: The Uses of Modernist Fiction, by Michaela Bronstein (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Health Promotion in Canada: New Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Research, 4th edition, edited by Irving Rootman, Ann Pederson, Katherine L. Frohlich, and Sophie Dupéreé (Canadian Scholars, 2017).

Immigration, Public Policy, and Health: Newcomer Experiences in Developed Nations, edited by Dennis Raphael (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2017).

About Canada: Health and Illness, 2nd edition, by Dennis Raphael (Fernwood Publishing, 2016).

Nobody Here Will Harm You: Mass Medical Evacuation from the Eastern Arctic 1950–1965, by Shawn Selway (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016).

Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing, edited by Eric Staples, Susan L. Ray, & Rush A. Hannon (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2016).

Petticoats & Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada (Women's Press Classics), by Constance Backhouse (Women’s Press, 2015).

The Cinema and Its Shadow: Race and Technology in Early Cinema, by Alice Maurice (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices, edited by Pat Armstrong & Susan Braedley (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2013).

Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, edited by Stephen Johnson (University of Massachussets Press, 2012).

Book chapters, health studies (2017).

Journal article, queer studies/Caribbean studies (2017).

Journal article, media studies (2017).

Journal article, disability studies (2016).

Ideas on Fire 2017–
• developmental editing and indexing for interdisciplinary, progressive academics

Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University 2016–
• ongoing editorial support, including structural editing, copy editing, and formatting articles to fit journal requirements

The Linden School 2015–
• as a volunteer, copy editing and proofreading communications for an independent school in Toronto


Ryerson University 2010–15
Publishing Certificate
• training in substantive editing, proofreading, copy editing, indexing, production, and book design

University College London 2008–09
Master of Arts in Archaeology
• dissertation entitled “Collector and Collection: Archaeological Knowledge and the Gayer-Anderson Collection at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL”
• copy editor and proofreader, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology
• assistant, Institute of Archaeology Collections
• excavator, Noviodunum project, Romania

McGill University 2004–08
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Classics
• Vice-President of Publications, Anthropology Students’ Association, 2006–08
• archaeological field training through Southern Methodist University, Italy, 2007

Hot Docs Film Festival 2016, 2017, 2018
Publications Coordinator
• annual 3-month contract managing publications for industry events and conferences taking place during the festival
• fact checking, proofreading, and copy editing film notes, event schedules, and other materials

Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press 2014–16
Acting Production Manager
• managed approx. 15 new titles at a time, including scheduling, budgeting, hiring freelancers, working with authors, and maintaining quality control
• proofread, copy edited, and indexed manuscripts
• managed title management software development
• managed the work of a production assistant

Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press 2012–14
Production Assistant
• managed 2–3 new titles a year
• coordinated production of all reprints
• coordinated permissions projects for new titles
• proofread, copy edited, and indexed manuscripts
• coordinated eBook conversion and checked files

Random House Canada 2012
Production Intern

Oxford University Press Canada 2011
Editorial Intern

Literary Review of Canada 2010
Editorial Intern

Ancient Egypt Research Associates 2011
Assistant Archivist
• collected, organized, and maintained documentation produced during 22 years of archaeological excavations in offices located in Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
• coordinated projects with employees on 3 continents
• developed and implemented a catalogue system for the Cairo-based 800-title library

St. Michael’s Hospital 2009–10
Research Assistant
• assisted in the development of a new pain assessment tool
• recruited patients and nurses for the study, obtained informed consent, and archived and organized data

University of Toronto 2006–08
Research Assistant
• searched for, collected, and organized primary documents for a government-funded research project on the history of Victorian popular culture
• collected information and added it to an online database for a research project on theatre history in southern Ontario

The Linden School 2012–
Member of the Board of Trustees
• Secretary of the Board
• member, Governance Committee
• attending regular meetings with various stakeholders
• editing communications, with a focus on alumnae

Heritage Toronto 2016
Historical Research Assistant
• conducted research for the Plaques and Markers Program

• Mac OS and Microsoft Windows
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
• Adobe Acrobat Professional
• Cindex indexing software
• Endnote
• FileMaker Pro (title management, archival cataloguing)
• basic HTML and ePub comprehension
• WordPress
• ability to learn new software quickly


What a pleasure it was to work with Emma. Her immaculate attention to detail and brilliant copy editing of complex content helped to make my book so much stronger. I would choose to work with Emma again in a heartbeat.

Michael Villeneuve, RN, MSc Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Emma was responsible for production of my 3rd edition of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives. This was a large and complex task of over 600 printed pages involving no less than 28 authors contributing 24 chapters. She was careful, thorough, and always knew exactly what she was doing. You can be confident that whatever work she does for you will be of the highest standard.

Dennis Raphael, PhD Professor of Health Policy and Management, York University

Working with Emma was fantastic. She indexed my book, and her knowledge, skill, attention to detail, and editorial instincts made the process seamless. I had total trust in her work, and I would definitely work with her again!

Alice Maurice, PhD Associate Professor of English, University of Toronto

I can wholeheartedly recommend Emma’s services. She is a highly-skilled proofreader and editor. From my experience, she has been able to manage her projects in a consistently reliable and professional manner.

Lily Bergh Publishing Director, Canadian Scholars/Women's Press


My competitive rates are based on my extensive
experience and education, and are negotiable as needed.
Please get in touch and tell me about your project!


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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