I provide editing services for scholars, students and professionals who aim for a high-level of written English language expression. I’m a native English language speaker, with experience in helping people to finalise their text with the fluency and clarity of a native speaker.

My expertise spans academic theses, essays and writing samples, as well as reports for organisations and institutions.
I hold a PhD in anthropology, as well as two decades of writing and editing experience for a range of clients.

The editing services I offer include:

  • Proofreading – checking for grammatical, spelling and punctuation mistakes
  • Polishing language – finessing unclear or awkward sentences, improving expression
  • Ensuring logical argumentation, making suggestions to improve argumentation and consistency
  • Formatting to specific citation and referencing styles (APA, Chicago, etc.)

All work submitted for editing must be entirely original, and must adhere to relevant institutional ethics policies.
Contact me to discuss projects: lesley@lesleybranagan.com


Lesley is a fast and precise editor. She balances a thorough approach and helpful reformulations with a feeling for the writer’s personal style. I felt the text was still ‘mine’ after her edit. I recommend Lesley to anyone looking for an empathetic, fast and meticulous editor.

Sara ten Brinke, PhD
Utrecht University, Holland

Lesley Branagan is a terrific editor, a masterful writer and theoretically conscious thinker. Her quick, methodical and insightful suggestions elevated my graduate study proposal so that I had admission offers from multiple universities. She is a gem and exponentially brilliant in her work. Thank you Lesley.

Sugandh Gupta, PhD student
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

While paying respect to my own writing style, Lesley’s professional and elegant work as copy editor and proofreader has been of fundamental importance in making my research work more understandable, and in facilitating its discussion and acceptance in academia and peer-reviewed journals.

Marcio Vilar, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Goethe University of Frankfurt

Lesley has offered a proofreading service sensitive to the requirements of my home discipline Anthropology. I am very thankful that she was able not only to correct formal mistakes, but also to suggest ways to “speak” the language of my future audiences.

Stefanie Mauksch, Lecturer
Department of Ethnologie, Leipzig University

The assistance I received from Lesley helped me develop more compelling arguments, as well as more clarity and consistency in my academic writing, which has given me more academic confidence. I am truly grateful for her guidance.

Raoul Moolman, MA
Leipzig University, Germany