I’m a developmental editor and publishing consultant for academic authors. To learn more about the services I offer, check out my business, Manuscript Works. I dispense advice about editing and publishing on Twitter and Medium as @lportwoodstacer and through my Manuscript Works Newsletter. I’m currently working on a handbook about book proposals for scholarly authors.
I’m also a scholar and former professor whose scholarly work focuses on lifestyle choices and how they define, restrict, and empower us. My most recent research project focuses on practices of non-use of social media; it builds on my previous research into anti-consumption and other practices of cultural resistance within the contemporary US anarchist movement. I’ve written a book and many scholarly journal articles, but of all the things I’ve written, the most popular is “How To Email Your Professor (Without Being Annoying AF).”
I taught at New York University in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication from 2011 to 2015. There, I developed courses on social media, consumption & identity, and queer identities in popular culture. I also taught classes on fashion, subcultures & social movements, and advertising & society. I earned my PhD in Communication, with a certificate in gender studies, from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2010. I did my undergraduate studies in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.
I live on Long Island, and in my free time I hang out with my family, knit things, and serve on the board of my local chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.