Carla DeSantis, PhD

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Location TORONTO, Canada
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  • Copy-editing
  • Line editing (or Stylistic editing)
  • Editing ESL
  • Indexing
  • Proofreading
  • Anglicizing
  • Americanizing
  • Research

Extra Skills:

Copy-editing Latin, Italian, Spanish 

Proofreading Latin, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek

Translating from Latin, Italian, Spanish into English

Palaeographical transcription

Editing of critical apparatus


  • Books
  • Journals
  • Multi-author books
  • Magazines
  • Government reports
  • Grant proposals
  • Abstracts
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Conference materials
  • Indexes
  • Reference materials


Freelance since 2011


2020 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award, for excellence in indexing

Select Training /Professional Development

*Please see my website for an up-to-date list

Indexing Society of Canada Online Conference, 2022

Editing Indigenous Content (Editors Canada-Toronto), 2022

Ethical Editing of Student Texts (Editors Canada-Toronto), 2022

Indexing Theology, Spirituality and Religion (American Society for Indexing), 2021

CIEP Online Conference, 2021

Editors Canada Online Conference, 2021

Panel member of session "The Road to the Ewart-Daveluy Award," ISC Conference, 2021

Indexing Society of Canada Online Conference, 2021

"You're entitled to my opinion": Editing Essays, Short Nonfiction, and Op-Eds (Editors Canada-Toronto), 2021

Editing Workflow Practices (Editors Canada), 2021

Presentation on Ewart-Daveluy Award-winning index (Indexing Society of Canada, Central Region), 2021

Exiting 2020: Now Is the Time for Indexing Content, Mini-Conference (American Society for Indexing), 2020

Business Planning for Freelancers (Editors Canada), 2020

Building a Client Base (Editorial Freelancers Association), 2020

CIEP Online Conference, 2020

How Italian Language Made It to the United States (Italian Innovators), 2020

LGBTQIA+ History and Language: What Editorial Professionals Need to Know (Editorial Freelancers Association), 2020

Indexing Arabic Names (American Society for Indexing), 2020

Clear Spanish Text in a Foreign Land: Is It Possible? (Editors Canada), 2020

What the GST? (Editors Canada), 2020

Beyond the Digital Book (Digital Humanities Network), 2019

Ontario Classical Association fall meeting, 2019

SfEP Toronto Mini-Conference, 2019

Money Matters and Mindset workshop (SfEP Toronto Mini-Conference), 2019

CINDEX indexing software training (Indexing Research), 2019

Indexing Society of Canada Conference, 2019

Names, the Challenge of Indexing special session (ISC conference), 2019

Estimating Editorial Costs (Editors Canada), 2018

Microsoft Word Styles (Editors Canada), 2017

Search Engine Optimization (Editors Canada), 2017

Substantive Editing (Editors Canada), 2016

Scholarly Editing (Editors Canada), 2016

Take Your Business to the Next Level workshop (Professional Writers Assoc. of Canada), 2016

Writing & Editing for the Web (Editors Canada), 2015

Stylistic Editing (Editors Canada), 2015

Indexing (Editors Canada), 2015

Freelance Business/Setting Rates (Editors Canada), 2015

Proofreading (Editors Canada), 2013

Copy-editing (Editors Canada), 2013

Graduate-level training in editing medieval manuscripts


  • University of California Press
  • Journal of West Indian Literature
  • University of Toronto Press
  • Collected Works of Erasmus
  • Royal Ontario Museum Publications
  • Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Publications
  • TextFormations
  • University of Toronto Research Services
  • Individual clients


Classics, antiquity, ancient culture, medieval studies, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism, Romance philology, comparative philology, literature (English, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish), literary criticism, comparative literature, literature in translation, critical editions, poetry, theatre, drama, textual criticism, manuscript studies, palaeography, codicology, hermeneutics, grammar/syntax, linguistics, languages (French, German, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish), dialects, philosophy, archaeology, arts, art history, Europe, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, United States, Toronto, religion/religious studies, theology, Bible, Christianity, Catholicism, liturgy, comparative religion, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Muslim studies, Jewish studies, ethics, mythology, grammatical texts, etymology, lexicography, history of book production, bibliography, history (ancient Greek, ancient Roman, church, medieval, Renaissance, European), social sciences, sociology, political science, business, humanities, international relations, translation, cinema/film, music, museum studies, education, teaching, composition, references, style guides, genealogy, parenting, juvenile diabetes, Canadian English, North American English


PhD  Medieval Latin language & literature; minor Romance Philology

MA  Classical Latin language & literature

BA  Classical Latin & Spanish; minor Ancient Greek

SSHRC Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships; Metcalf Postdoctoral Fellowship; Fondazione Ezio Franceschini Research Fellowship (Florence, Italy)


"There is no doubt that Carla's superb copy-editing skills greatly improved the overall work, and I feel confident in a highly polished finished product. She was pleasant to work with, and always prompt and thorough in correspondence. I hope to have the chance to work with her again in the future."     

Prof. N. Van Deusen, University of Alberta     

"It has indeed been a pleasure to enjoy your thoroughness, obvious proficiency in the several languages used in my text, attention to the smallest detail, and intelligent reading of my text. I cannot recall one single issue on which I disagreed with your suggestions."    

L. Codignola-Bo, Senior Fellow, University of Notre Dame; Adj. Prof., St. Mary's University; Prof. ass., Université de Montréal     

"Ms. DeSantis copy edited a volume of the Collected Works of Erasmus which I edited, translated, and annotated. The volume was a complex one, containing five works relating to Erasmus’ controversies with his Catholic critics. She was able not only to ensure that the style was correct and consistent, but to find and correct many of my errors, working through the texts and notes systematically and meticulously. In the process she made good use of her knowledge of Latin and Greek. I commend most highly her thoroughness and her patient and pleasant attitude to the work."     

Prof. D.L. Drysdall, University of Waikato, NZ     

"Carla edited my book The Drama of the Assimilated Jew. She did an excellent job. She is very precise and detail oriented. She caught many of my own oversights and generally polished the text, making valuable suggestions and always consulting me on changes. I recommend her highly."     

Prof. L. Kroha, McGill University     

"I was pleased with Carla’s structural and copy edit of my nonfiction title Tragedy Is Risk Theatre. One of the things that I am most grateful for is that she preserved my own voice while adding clarity and directness to the manuscript. I am also grateful for her obvious care and patience in reading, analyzing, and restructuring the arguments. One of the qualities of a great editor is patience, and Carla has this quality in the spades. Great work, Carla, and I look forward to working with you again."    

E. Wong, author