editorial & research services

Need research assistance for a report or campaign? Stuck in the middle of your dissertation and can’t find your way out? Or just need another pair of eyes to look over the article you wrote before you submit it?

You’re in the right place.

I’m a freelance researcher, editor, and writer with a decade of experience in sustainable food, agriculture policy, and related fields. I’ve been the managing editor of a nationally-read blog; project director of WhyHunger’s online Food Security Learning Center; researcher and writer on publications addressing food and agriculture (see some of them here); and editor of numerous papers, articles, and manuscripts. I’ve researched topics ranging from food stamps to biofuels, green roofs to state livestock policy.  I approach all projects with enthusiasm, professionalism, and a sense of humor — and I’d love to work with you!


Research: I’ll dig into your fact-checking, policy, historical data, literature survey, or other research need, and compile and analyze the findings into an engagingly-written report or compelling presentation.

Editing: I can work with you at any stage of a project, from helping shape your ideas to addressing organizational issues in a manuscript to a final copyedit for grammar, punctuation, and style–and anything in between.

Copyediting/Proofreading for Grassroots Organizations: In need of a simple read and polish of promotional materials, fundraising email, brochure, or other short text? I’ll fix any typos or awkward wording and make suggestions to make your words jump off the page!  I offer special rates for grassroots organizations.

Contact me at [ sienachrisman at gmail dot com ] for rates and a free consultation.

Join these satisfied clients…

“I hired Siena for a detailed research and writing project related to food stamps. She was a creative, inquisitive, and a thorough researcher. Also, her editorial assistance in shaping the final report was invaluable. Her talents range from big-picture thinking to writing organization to attention to detail in the final copyedit and proofread. It would be a pleasure to work with her again and I recommend her services highly.”
Michele Simon
Food Lawyer and Author, Appetite for Profit

“Siena is my go-to guru when it comes to editing. Our work together is so intuitive and painless— she respects my voice in my writing and only focuses in on my trouble areas, helping me work through them. She has a brilliant way with words. I never fail to feel confident about my work once it has passed muster with Siena!”
Christina Schiavoni
Food movement activist and PhD candidate at the International Institute for Social Studies

“Not only is Siena an excellent storyteller, but she takes the time to really understand the big picture goals and narrative approach of each piece. She is meticulous in her attention to detail and consistently produces the high-quality, engaging work we need. With Siena, you get an excellent writer and a real expert in the food justice world!”
– Debbie Grunbaum
Senior Director of Communications, WhyHunger


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