As an academic completing my first book project, Michael Needham’s editing assistance made the revision and copy-editing process enjoyable. His enthusiasm provided a much needed boost of scholarly energy as I revised chapters for the umpteenth time! Michael’s attention to detail, including maintaining consistency of tone, is especially helpful. While careful to maintain the author’s voice and argument, he allowed for a coherent highly readable text that will reach the widest audience. My manuscript is better because of the editorial skill offered by Humanities First. I am looking forward to working with them in the future.

–  Michael Gill, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies in the School of Education, Syracuse University

Michael Needham provides a unique and, indeed, much-needed resource for early-career faculty and for graduate students pursuing a terminal degree. In the current financial and political climate, support for the humanities is more important than ever, and there are precious few organizations that can provide the kind of manuscript and career guidance offered by Humanities First.

–  Bill Johnson González, Assistant Professor of English, DePaul University

Michael Needham provided immensely valuable support as I transformed my dissertation into my first sole authored book. Working with Humanities First was ideal for an academic who taught full time, and who needed a peer reviewer who operated on my timeline and not their own. Michael provided sharp feedback on both big picture items like my manuscript’s audience and tone, and also on smaller details like argument flow in particular chapter sections. A wide knowledge of humanities and social science scholarship meant that Michael could be a technical consultant for my project who also sharpened its core scholarly intervention.

– Ryan Murphy, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Earlham College, and winner of the David Montgomery Award for best book in Labor History from the Organization of American Historians

A truly generous editor, Michael Needham takes seriously the uniqueness of both author and project.  Strategic, careful, and timely, he is the ideal editorial collaborator for anyone working within the humanities. I have enthusiastically recommended Michael’s work to others, and I will continue to do so. Among my colleagues, there is uniform and well-deserved consensus that Humanities First is the best.

– Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Professor, English and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut