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Editor Biography - Barb Chamberlain


Barb Chamberlain, Ph.D. - Editor
Name: Barb Chamberlain
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, English
Undergraduate University: Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Humanities/Linguistics
Undergraduate University: Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Graduate Degree: Master of Public Administration
Graduate University: Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Graduate Degree: Ph.D. studies in Political Science
Graduate University: Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Editing Experience:   30 Years

Barb was born in Lewiston, Idaho, and grew up there and in Spokane, Washington, where she now resides after living in northern Idaho. A bookworm who could read well before she started school at age five, she earned the nickname "Walking Dictionary" in grade school. She has a long-standing interest in science, history, nonprofit service, and public affairs. In her somewhat serendipitous career, she has worked for a regional history publishing firm, served in elected office, taught history at the community college level, and worked as a freelance copy editor and indexer for academic publishers. She once taught a community class on editing with the spoof title "Preafrooding for Perfect Papers," which got mentioned on the Jay Leno show (Jay didn't get the joke). She now works in communications and public affairs for a land-grant research university, where she is involved in writing and editing everything from funding proposals to editorial pieces to briefing papers for elected officials. She is actively engaged in transportation and health policy on a local and regional level and rides her bike everywhere for fun and transportation.

Favorite Books (alphabetical order by title):
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
  • The Moral Sense by James Q. Wilson
  • The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
  • Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life by J. Harry Wray
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (and anything else she has written or will ever write)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould (and all his other works)
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