Mark R. Baker, PhD

editor, proofreader, translator, historian

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About me

I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I grew up playing hockey, soccer, and basketball (in that order). I also went to school, worked hard, did well, and managed somehow to get into Harvard University, where I completed a Ph.D. in 2001. Since then, I have taught at four universities: one year at L'viv National University in Ukraine; seven years at California State University, Bakersfield; eight more years at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey; and most recently at the University of Victoria (just one course as a sessional instructor, on the history of rock and roll).

Though I was trained as a historian and have worked in history departments throughout my career, I have always been focused on teaching students how to write. I have spent much of my time editing my students' and colleagues' writings, helping them to improve. Gradually, this became my main focus. I have developed extensive skills to help writers learn to write better. If you are passionate about your ideas, I can help you to put them into clear, concise, engaging prose. So, feel free to send me some of your writing, and I will let you know how I can help you.

One other thing: I am not at all narrowly focused on editing academic writing or student papers. I am open to helping with any kind of writing: fiction, fact, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, a movie script, a grant proposal, a website, a tweet, whatever you are writing about, for whatever reason.

My Services

I can help writers in at least four ways:

Testimonials from my clients:

"Dear Mark, I warmly thank you for your excellent work.... It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with you!"

-- Nicola Bassoni

"Mark, I would recommend you highly to any one who wants assistance with their writing. You are helpful, meticulous, understanding, and rigorous. Thank you."

-- Can Nacar

A few pics of beautiful Vancouver Island


Contact me

email: [email protected]

cell: 778-584-1974

skype name: mrbaker1917

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