Greetings, and thanks for visiting my website. I’m a writer and editor working mainly in areas of politics, history, law, science, and the arts. I am a senior editor with the Harvard University Press, and was previously managing editor of Boston Review, a small-but-mighty political and literary magazine.

My writing has been published by the Washington Post, New RepublicLos Angeles Review of Books, Democracy Journal, Al Jazeera America, and others. Please see the menu above for links to my stories and media appearances.

As a freelance developmental and copy editor, I have worked primarily with authors of serious nonfiction published by academic and trade presses, scholarly journals, and magazines. See the Editorial Services link at the top for more information and a list of titles.

Get in touch by email: swaxman [at]

Banner image: detail from Five Portraits, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1902)