Shannon Hunt

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Editorial & Research

Copy Editor

Cambridge, MA (June 2011-present)
Copyedit and proofread technical texts and genealogies.
  • The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts
  • Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing by Hartmut Bohnacker et al.
  • The Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus Brown and Alice Nelson Pratt
  • A Family Becoming American, Volume 2, Foisy dit Frenyear
  • Process Compendium 2004-2010 by Casey Reas
  • Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, Fifth Edition

Editorial Consultant

Pittsburgh, PA and Cambridge, MA (June 2006-present)
Work with authors to edit and improve accessibility of technical texts.

Freelance Development Editor

Pittsburgh, PA and Cambridge, MA (May 2006-present)
Work with authors to develop texts that address the needs of college instructors and students. Titles include:
  • The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing by Daniel Shiffman
  • Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents by Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil, Third Edition
  • Sources of Western Society, Second Edition
  • Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, edited by Helena Rosenblatt
  • The Triangle Fire by Jo Ann E. Argersinger
  • The 9/11 Commission Report abridged by Ernest R. May
  • The Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000 by Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie
  • The AP U.S. History Teaching ToolKit and Test Bank
  • Who Built America? by the American Social History Project and Roy Rosenzweig et al., Third Edition
  • Who Built America? Computerized Test Bank
  • First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History by Colin G. Calloway, Third Edition
  • Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents by Michael P. Johnson, Fourth Edition

Associate Editor for History, Bedford/St. Martin’s

Boston, MA (May 2005-August 2006)
Managed and wrote promotional copy for the Bedford Series in History and Culture. Served as development editor for:
  • Attitudes toward Sex in Antebellum America by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
  • Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804 by Laurent Dubois and John G. Garrigus
  • The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano edited by Robert J. Allison, Second Edition
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism by Bruce J. Schulman, Second Edition
  • The Bedford Glossary for U.S. History
  • Also oversaw the editing of The Bedford Glossary for European History.

Editorial Assistant for History, Bedford/St. Martin’s

(May 2004-April 2005)
Assisted editors with the Bedford Series in History and Culture. Served as development editor for second editions of The Guide to Using the Bedford Series with The Making of The West and The Guide to Using the Bedford Series with the U.S. History Survey. Corresponded daily with series authors. Administered review programs for new manuscripts. Turned over final manuscripts to production.

Publications Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities

Washington, DC (Jun.-Aug. 2003)
Conceived of and wrote articles and conducted interviews for Humanities magazine. Fact-checked, proofread and edited copy. Created database for photo archive. Maintained correspondence with state humanities councils.

Editorial Intern, Bedford/St. Martin’s

(Summer 2002)
Fact-checked, proofread and pasted up manuscripts. Solicited reviewers for upcoming publications. Created lists of websites to supplement new books. Prepared promotional materials.

Editorial Assistant, Metamorphoses, Smith College

Northampton, MA (Winter 2001-2002)
Helped edit academic journal based in Smith’s comparative literature department.

Archival Assistant, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

(Sep. 2001-May 2004)
Created detailed electronic register and set of preservation photocopies for Sylvia Plath Collection. Curated displays on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes: Assisted Karen Kukil, editor of The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, and other Plath scholars.

Research Assistant, Smith College

(Sep. 2001-Jan. 2002)
Researched topics for academic articles about modern theatre. Translated contemporary essays from French to English.

Editorial Intern/Research Assistant, The Atlantic Monthly

Boston, MA (Summer 2001)
Proofread, fact-checked, and copyedited articles. Read and reported on unsolicited fiction. Performed extensive research for monthly column and other articles written by Cullen Murphy, managing editor. Prepared information packets on Joyce Carol Oates for those involved in Boston College/Atlantic Monthly symposium, “Belief and Non-Belief in Modern American Culture.”


“Your own best advocate.” Smith Alumnae Quarterly (Summer 2007).
Interviewed Smith alumnae in medical professions for advice on how women can successfully navigate the health care system.

“Around the Nation.” Humanities 24.5 (Sep-Oct 2003): 30+.
Compiled list of humanities-related events taking place across America during Fall 2003.

“Marion Cott: Building Community in Kansas.” Humanities 24.5 (Sep-Oct 2003): 40. Interviewed Marion Cott, director of Kansas Humanities Council.

“Muse of the Shadowy Realms.” Humanities 24.5 (Sep-Oct 2003): 34-5. Described work of H. P. Lovecraft and reported on upcoming Lovecraft film festival.

“Spring bulb show brightens campus.” Smith College Sophian 7 March 2001: 12. Reported on annual flower show at Lyman Plant House, Smith College.


The Norma M. Leas Prize to a graduating senior for excellence in written English

The Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize for the best group of poems

The Ethel Olin Corbin Prize for the best original poem in English

The Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize for excellence in writing non-fiction prose


Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, MA
Completed course in Writing the Historical Novel with William Martin, Fall 2007.
Completed course in Magazine Writing, Spring 2006.

Smith College, Northampton, MA
B.A., magna cum laude, May 2004
Major: English Language and Literature  Minor: History
Major GPA: 3.9  Overall GPA: 3.87
Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Massachusetts

Master Class with Kurt Vonnegut, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Completed fiction writing workshop with visiting professor Vonnegut, Spring 2001.

National University of Ireland-Galway, Ireland
Visiting student, Spring 2003. GPA 3.83

Writing for College Program at Bryn Mawr College, PA
One of thirty young women selected for a writing-intensive three-week program, Summer 1999.

Languages: Proficient in French. Basic knowledge of Irish.


Classes Committee (liaison to 2000-2009), Alumnae Association of Smith College (2010-present)

First Church Somerville Capital Campaign Brochure Co-Chair (2012)

First Church Somerville Cook for the Homeless Coordinator (2011-2012)

Secretary, Smith College Class of 2004 (2004-2009)

Smith College Glee Club (2001-2004)

Co-Editor, The Syndicate (Smith College literary magazine) (2002-2003)

Managing Editor, The Syndicate (2001-2002)

Treasurer, Smith College Chorus (2000-2001)