Richard Carson, PhD

Richard Carson, PhD

Senior Editor
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In addition to an extensive teaching background, Senior Editor Richard Carson has over a decade of experience in academic publishing. Richard has taught in a variety of settings, from developmental tutoring at the middle school level to advanced seminars in American literature and culture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Richard believes that both aspects of his career inform each other. “As both teacher and editor,” Richard says, “my philosophy is the same: We teach our specialized subjects to human beings.” Richard is proud of his track record for crafting creative courses and engaging lessons for students with a variety of needs and interests.

A specialist in nineteenth-century American fiction, he is particularly interested in the role of the wilderness in American writing. As an editor for McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he worked on the Language of Literature, Holt McDougal Literature and The Americans programs. He is particularly proud of the features that he wrote for the latter text, especially those that described the lives of young people in early American history. More recently, Richard has worked on designing lessons that prepare students for AP exams in writing, language arts and social studies, as well as material that meets criteria set forth in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and discrete state standards.

A published scholar and creative writer, Richard has a master’s degree and PhD in English and American Literatures from Brown University, a master of divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master of fine arts in fiction writing from Emerson College. He is a member of the American Association of Independent Scholars, the Modern Language Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. His vast collection of awards and accolades also includes a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities; additionally, he was winner of a short fiction contest for The Providence Sunday Journal as well as a recipient of The Graduate Merit Award from Emerson College.

Richard’s editorial expertise, his love of movies and theater, and his current ambition to write a play make him a perfect fit here at Publishing Solutions Group.