Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Cultural Accuracy & Sensitivity

ID: 739705 Arizona, USA

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Expert might be the publishing industry’s first-ever in-house Senior Editor of Cultural Accuracy and Sensitivity Editorial Services. Her role includes developing and managing a robust community of expert editors, performing cultural accuracy editing, and collaborating with authors, publishers, and literary agents to improve the quality and inclusivity of their books before they go to market. Books she has edited have hit bestseller lists and won major awards and accolades. With two master’s degrees, a PhD in progress, and experience in industries and fields as varied as academia, podcasting, fitness, libraries, and nonprofits, she’s skilled at finding unique entry points into subjects and finding new ways to connect seemingly disparate fields. She’s published three novels for kids and contributed to multiple anthologies.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2024 Degree: PhD Candidate Subject: Language, Reading and Culture Institution: University of Arizona
Year: 2013 Degree: MA Subject: Children's Literature Institution: Simmons University
Year: 2013 Degree: MS Subject: Library & Information Science Institution: Simmons University
Year: 2010 Degree: BA Subject: Creative Writing Institution: University of Arizona

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2021 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Editor Department: Cultural Accuracy & Sensitivity Editorial Services
First-ever in-house senior editor of cultural accuracy and sensitivity editorial services (also known as sensitivity reading, authenticity reading, or targeted expert reading), not only does Expert continue doing this important work herself, but she's also building and managing a robust community of highly qualified cultural accuracy readers in areas including disability, gender identity, the prison industrial complex, and more.
Her work bridges the gap between these readers and gatekeepers in the publishing industry.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to 2021 Employer: University of Arizona Title: Graduate Teaching Associate Department: College of Education
Instructor of record for Learning About Adolescence Through Literature
Instructor of record for Children's Literature in the Classroom
Teaching assistant for Sports, Leisure, and Consumer Culture
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2020 to 2021 Employer: Book Riot Title: Podcast Host and Contributing Editor Department:
Contributing editor and co-host of podcast, can be found at all usual podcast streaming and downloading platforms. Co-host of another podcast, only available for premium Insiders subscribers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: We Need Diverse Books Title: Program Manager Department:
Coordinate multiple initiatives at the organization; collaborate on press releases and other promotional documents; serve as first point of communication with the public; organize and manage financial, affiliate and donor accounts; other administrative duties.

Led a team and contributed major design and infrastructure to Our Story, a database with entry points for professionals, parents, and young readers.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
- LA Times Book Prize for Young People's Literature 2019-2021
- YALSA Amazing Audiobooks 2018-2019
- YALSA Financial Advancedment Committee 2018-2019
- Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee 2016-2017
- Children & Teens Planning Committee, Tucson Festival of Books 2015- present
- YALSA Awards Nominating Committee 2015-2015
- Bay Area Independent School Librarians Position Paper Committee 2015-2015
- YALSAblog Advisory Board 2014-2015
- 2014 William Morris Award Committee 2013-2014
- YALSA Youth Engagement Committee 2012-2014
- YALSA/RUSA Young Adult Reference Services Committee 2012-2014
Licenses / Certifications
Certificate in business fundamentals in progress; University of British Columbia/edX

Non degree Education:
Film In Focus: Screenwriting; 2015 College of San Mateo, CA
Rutgers English Diversity Institute; 2010 Rutgers University
Novel Writing; European Perspectives of American Literature; 2010 Prague Summer Program, University of Western Michigan
Professional Appointments
- YALSA ALA Local Arrangements Committee, Chair (1 year)
Awards / Recognition
- Erasmus Scholar, University of Arizona (2 years)
- Peer-Reviewed Paper of the Year, Young Adult Library Services Association
- Mary F. and Maude Miller Scholarship
- Massachusetts Black Librarians Network Scholarship
- ALA/YALSA Spectrum Scholar
- Fellowship for the Advancement of Campus Engagement, Hillel
Publications and Patents Summary
Books: 3
Essays, Chapters, and Peer-Reviewed Articles: 7
Contributing Writer/Critic: 8
Assorted Bylines: 2-print; 2- web

London Book Fair; Tucson Unified School District; Literacy Connects; University of Arizona College of Education; American Library Association Annual Conference; Embrace Race; Spectrum Scholar Institute; Bay Area Independent School Librarians; Long Island Library Conference; Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium; Brookline Public Library New Voices; KidLitCon

(Panel Moderator)
Tucson Festival of Books; LA Times Festival of Books; SLJTeen Live; We Need Diverse Books

Tucson Festival of Books; WriterFest Nashville; American Library Association Annual Conference;

Additional Experience

Marketing Experience
(On-Air Talent)
Hey YA! podcast (Riot New Media); Read Harder podcast (Riot New Media)
Other Relevant Experience
Dissertation subject: the impact of social media and the blogosphere on the publishing industry
PhD interdisciplinary minor: Social, cultural, and critical theory

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native
Spanish Heritage Speaker
Portuguese Heritage Speaker
Italian Intermediate

Fields of Expertise

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