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PS Rosenbaum: Dissertation and Thesis Editor

PS RosenbaumMIT-trained (PhD in Linguistics, Prof. Noam Chomsky, Advisor), Dr. Rosenbaum edits dissertations, theses, and articles for graduate students and researchers. He has over 40 years of scholarly editing experience (in academia, in publishing, and freelance) and is a Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). Extensively published and a former associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Rosenbaum has edited manuscripts for more than two thousand students and scholars worldwide in a broad range of disciplines. He is easy to talk to and work with. He takes great pride in never having missed a deadline.

Dr. Rosenbaum is an expert in the use of APA, CMOS, CMOS (Turabian), MLA, AMA, and Harvard styles. Most recently, he has edited manuscripts for graduate students at Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is equally comfortable with the stylistic requirements of the major online universities (e.g., Walden, Capella, and Phoenix), for which he has edited hundreds of dissertations and of many peer-reviewed journals (print and online).

What he can do for you

Scholarly writings that are poorly thought through and littered with grammatical errors and inconsistencies are embarrassing to their authors. They cost money, time, and professional reputation. Dr. Rosenbaum will proofread, edit, stylize, or rewrite your material to achieve your purpose and give you the scholarly credibility you seek.

Academic institutions and publishers confront graduate students with rubrics, templates, style requirements, and spec sheets to which they are expected to adhere with absolute and unforgiving accuracy. Dr. Rosenbaum is an expert in these requirements, and your manuscript will mirror his expertise.

Understanding your problems

You may be experiencing the uncertainties of writing a thesis, dissertation, or journal article for the first time. Dr. Rosenbaum understands your misgivings exactly and will be there to guide you every step of the way. As one of his clients recently wrote, “The most meaningful aspect of the one-on-one editing experience was your personal interest in and respect for me and my work.”

Academic Qualifications

  • Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy with High Honors (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD in Linguistics (Prof. Noam Chomsky, Advisor)

Editorial and Academic Appointments:

  • Board of Editors of the Harvard Educational Review, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Teachers College, Columbia University—Associate Professor of Linguistics and Education

Short List of Publications

  • Grammar of English Predicate Complement Constructions (MIT Press)
  • English Transformational Grammar (Ginn-Blaisdell) trans German, Japanese
  • Transformations, Style, and Meaning (Xerox) trans. German, Japanese
  • Peer-Mediated Instruction (Teachers College Press)
  • Holt Basic Reading Series (K–8) Senior Author (Holt, Rinehart, Winston)

Portfolio of Master’s Theses, Doctoral Dissertations, and Journal Articles (2015)


  • Jericho: Archaeology of a Byzantine and early Islamic city

Business Administration

  • Increasing and Sustaining Micro Finance to Women Entrepreneurs to Alleviate Poverty In Ghana
  • Review off the Competency-Based Human Resources Management and Personnel Selection Using a Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process
  • Succession planning for senior executives in the U.S. insurance industry
  • Succession planning for senior executives in the U.S. insurance industry
  • Internationalization of family businesses in Saudi Arabia
  • Perceived best practices of small business executives in war zones
  • Employees facing layoffs: Relationships between job security, employee morale, and organizational commitment
  • Motivational factors promoting postmodern volunteerism in Christian religious organizations
  • Information security, leadership proactive inventory, and their relationship
  • Relationship between unhealthy organizational environmental factors and self preservation in leadership
  • Servant leadership: A correlation analysis of servant leadership and job satisfaction in the U.S. Army recruiting organization
  • The military decision-making process: Antiquated for the modern day business practice
  • Brand equity of Madeira wine in the U. S. Market
  • The factors that make entrepreneurs successful on a second business launch attempt
  • Improving IT lifecycle risk management: An assessment of PMAS quality auditing

Business Management

  • Influence of organizational factors on supply chain efficiency at Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Support Centers
  • Supply challenges of outsourcing clinical manufacturing—a DMAIC approach (TH)
  • Identification of causal mechanisms to minimize the recurrence of industrial accidents: A case study
  • The relationship of ethics training and leadership on employees’ ethical conduct
  • Considering corporate sustainable development strategy in projects: Integrating sd principles in project strategy
  • Examining the adoption of donor management systems (DMSS) in not-for–profit (NFP) organizations with an extended technology acceptance model (TAM)
  • Relationship between unhealthy organizational environmental factors and self preservation in leadership
  • Brand equity of Madeira wine in the U. S. market
  • A phenomenological study of small business success factors in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Sporting a true identity: Developing a sports team brand using destination and city branding techniques

Business Leadership

  • Servant leadership: A correlation analysis of servant leadership and job satisfaction in the U.S. Army recruiting organization
  • Leadership role of supervised visitation providers: A Qualitative Exploration
  • Relationship between unhealthy organizational environmental factors and self preservation in leadership
  • Transformational leadership: Building a culture of preparedness using an equitable share of responsibility
  • Considerations for publishing an academic paper on cross cultural leadership
  • An examination of teleworker personality types and idealized leadership traits valued in managers
  • Organizational barriers and leadership inequalities for non-white women within the not-for-profit sector


  • National Guard counterdrug enforcement: Is it still relevant and cost effective?

Economics & Finance

  • Economic impact of money laundering in the financial system of developed countries
  • Do state-administered pension plans have better investment performance than locally-administered pension plans?
  • State and local pension plans: Asset allocation and its impact on long-term investment return

Education Administration

  • The predictive role of academic and emotional self-regulation on academic achievement and adjustment in first-year college students
  • A New Jersey-based case study of the experiences of teachers regarding the effectiveness of inclusion classrooms
  • Does conscientiousness moderate the relationship between stress and burnout in distributed learning graduate students?
  • The impact of communication modes on parents’ participation in secondary schools
  • Servant leadership: a quantitative study of the awareness of educators in rural southwest Mississippi public schools
  • The lived experiences of faculty in an online teaching environment
  • The perceptions of school officials about the value of arts programs

Education Curriculum

  • Evaluating the implementation of a training program for improving quality service: An action research study
  • Changes in sat mathematics section test items from 2003–2014 in response to adoption of common core state standards
  • The impact of Marzano’s teacher evaluation tool and instructional framework: Teachers’ perceptions

Education Early Childhood

  • From traditional assessment to alternative assessment: A case study of a Hong Kong kindergarten
  • Mexican immigrant mothers in a New York City neighborhood: reconceptualizing family engagement from a sociocultural perspective

Education Leadership

  • Lived Experiences of Clinical Nurse Leaders Compared to Their Roles in Literature
  • A phenomenological study of information technology leadership traits in higher education
  • A study of factors related to person-organization fit for leaders working for a defense contractor
  • A phenomenological study of the lived experiences of expatriate female administrators leading international schools in Taiwan
  • Factors that contribute to minority students’ retention in community colleges: A qualitative multiple case study

Education Other Disciplines

  • A study of differences between males and females regarding their motivation for entering the field of teaching in North Carolina
  • Exploring the strong kids social-emotional curriculum and its impact on classroom culture in an urban public school environment
  • The effectiveness of school based anti-bullying programs in elementary schools
  • Parents’ perceptions of cyberbullying in an urban middle school
  • The road taken: A between and within subjects study of intervention selection decisions by performance improvement professionals
  • Women disrupted: Female academic leaders’ perspectives and experiences in for-profit online higher education
  • The impact of intercultural competency training on perceived levels of conflict among multicultural student groups
  • An empirical analysis of white male assistant principal perceptions of black males in high schools


  • Surface acoustic wave (saw)-based gas flow sensor
  • Application of a plume model to enhance situation awareness to decision makers during an outdoor airborne hazmat release
  • Haptic-enabled keypad authentication system
  • Development of a novel camera and laser-based indoor positioning system

Environmental Science

  • CO2 emissions from several land use types on tropical peatland


  • Theoretical analysis of US grand strategy and political ideology: A case study of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Presidencies

Health Sciences

  • The lived experience of women living in a leprosy colony in India: A phenomenological study
  • Analysis of sexually transmitted infections among Latino men who have sex with men
  • Independent and interactive effects of the social determinants of health and lifestyle behaviors on BMI in U.S. military personnel
  • Leadership spirituality and workplace spirituality as related to organizational performance in branches of a home health care agency
  • Spillovers of veterans hospice care: The economic and social impact of palliative care
  • Predictors of homonegativity in the United States and the Netherlands using the World Values Survey
  • Dosimetry for 131I Therapy for Metastatic Differentiated Thyroid Cancer
  • Festina Lente and the “Crab and the Butterfly”


  • The Legacy of the Chavis Heights’ public housing development & the surroundings of its Black service community, 1776–2006
  • The voice of the Negro: African American radio, WVON, and the struggle for civil rights in Chicago
  • Gender dynamics in sanctified storefront churches


  • Older Hispanic women with health care provider diagnosed osteoarthritis: Experience and perceptions of culturally competent car
  • QSEN’s patient safety officer: A quantitative study on nursing students’ patient safety competency
  • Exploring how clinical education prepares nursing students for clinical practice: A phenomenological study
  • Cesarean section mothers’ perceptions of benefits associated with skin-to-skin contact
  • Low resilience related to healthcare workers with compassion fatigue
  • Exploring the shortage of Florida’s long-term care nurse professionals


  • Use of Wechsler intelligence scales in organization human resource selection
  • behavioral change: The effects of step therapy on plan participant behavior
  • Treating bipolar disorder from a cognitive behavioral therapy & mindfulness perspective
  • Perceptions of secondary school athletic trainers in counseling student-athletes: A grounded theory
  • Examining the inter-generational continuity of childhood physical abuse in the United States
  • A qualitative retrospective program evaluation on virtual reality assessment training and children with autism
  • A comparison of medical residents and physician assistants in training treatment goals for obese male and female patients

Social Work

  • Parental involvement of first generation Pakistani Muslim immigrant parents: A narrative qualitative inquiry

Blog Articles


… very prompt with communication

“Dr. Rosenbaum was fantastic. He was very prompt with communication from the very beginning. His editing was helpful with constructive feedback, corrections, and suggestions. He was thorough, respectful, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. His fee is very reasonable. I plan to approach Dr. Rosenbaum again for more editing on other manuscripts, and am definitely happy to recommend others to the service.”

… genuinely appreciate all your help

“Thank you very much for being so thorough and thoughtful in editing and giving recommendation. The points you made are very practical, logical and constructive. I genuinely appreciate all your help!”

… really happy with result

“Thank you very much for your email. I have received my result of the report, and I am really happy with it. It is a HD, and I have attached the feedback with this email.

Thank you very much, and without your help, I couldn’t have this achievement. I would like to have contact with you for your editing help in the future.”

… a team trying to achieve something together

“Am still working with my professor and I will keep you posted. He is slow in communicating at times. I would like to say the following:

  1. You are always available when I need to talk about my paper.
  2. You are knowledgeable on APA format.
  3. You are familiar with many schools format.
  4. And I found you very passionate about my paper and at times I felt as though we were a team trying to achieve something together.

Thanks a lot.”

… the great value of your personal interest in my work

“It may seem painfully obvious but the most valuable and important aspects of the editor writer experience for me so far has been the great personal value of your interest in my work. I guess I wasn’t clear in undertaking the process originally that you would be providing a combination of technical and theoretical feedback and this has been hugely valuable.”

… I could not have made a better choice

“I was a complete novice and writing my first thesis for the first time. I really needed someone who knew the ropes and could walk me through the process. I could not have made a better choice.”

… near immediate response

“Thank you for your near immediate response as the timeline was obviously really important even if it ended up being a hurry up and wait experience.”

… efficient and professional editing

“Thank you very much for telling me about the format and interlinear spacing of my thesis are different from the APA format. I would like to use the APA format. Could you please check those for me as well please?

Thanks again for your efficient and professional editing! I shall send my other chapters later on.”

Student Feedback

To University Colleagues,

I am a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on intelligent Robotics systems, specifically those for use as autonomous vehicles. I wrote a proposal to apply for research funding this year and used the professional editing service of Dr. Rosenbaum.

Before getting in touch with Dr. Rosenbaum, I was a kind of skeptical of whether a professional editor could understand the topic I discussed in my proposal because it falls into a specific engineering area with lots of technical details. Surprisingly, during the process of editing, Dr. Rosenbaum not only made great comments on how to modify the technical parts, but also gave me suggestions from the perspective of social science. As you might expect, the reviewers appreciated the novel thoughts I put in my resume. In particular, they love the ideas of taking a broad view by incorporating principles from policy, economics, and management research (in addition to engineering) into the project in order to make the research contribution more scalable to today’s Socio-Technical systems. Eventually, I got the funding thanks to Dr. Rosenbaum’s help.

I would strongly recommend Dr. Rosenbaum’s professional services to other Ph.D. students who are applying for research funding/fellowships and wrestling with research proposals and dissertations. In addition to helping you build strong arguments using succinct language in your proposal, he can bring new insights from other domain that can make your research proposal more persuasive.


Dijiang Suo
A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dear Colleagues in Academia,

My work is situated in a unique sphere. My scholarship focuses on the physical and quantitative sciences yet my audience is based in the humanities and social sciences. This placement designates me as an interpreter in-between two academic communities that communicate through incredibly different methodologies and frameworks. Writing and demonstrating a unique voice under such parameters is challenging during the best of times. I recognized that I needed assistance.

After a lengthy search, I was referred to Dr. Rosenbaum upon the recommendation of another editor. Dr. Rosenbaum quickly demonstrated an aptitude in understanding scientific and technical writing and the ability to convey it in a digestible manner. His advisement has contributed dividends to my work. Without exception, each work that I have collaborated on with Dr. Rosenbaum has received publication. It is with this background that I recommend Dr. Rosenbaum without qualification to any student or professional scholar trying to find an editor for sciences or humanities manuscripts that must achieve recognition at the highest level of scholarly credibility.


A UC Berkeley Doctoral Candidate

Dear Dr. Rosenbaum,

Just wanted to send you a short note letting you know that I completed my masters program and received a 99/100 on my monograph. The A+ I received on my monograph helped me to earn top academic honors (top 20% in my class of 139 students). I cannot thank you enough for keeping my thoughts on track and turning my writing into publishable material.

Thank you and it truly was a pleasure working with you.

Very Respectfully,
Maj. Jacob Teplesky
U.S. Army Command College

Dear Dr. Rosenbaum:

Thinking back to the days after you were referred to me but before we actually spoke together, I had considerable uncertainty as to whether I was doing the right thing, especially since my dissertation was a long one and a professional editor was bound to be expensive. I think I was a pretty “solid” writer, but I knew that formatting was not my strength. More importantly, this dissertation was the culmination to date of a large part of my life’s work and it had to be “just right.” I was very anxious about my ability to submit not just a “passing” manuscript, but one of the highest scholarly quality.

Talking with you that first time put me immediately at ease. You understood the process (emotional, physical, intellectual….) of a doctoral student’s journey. Your easygoing manner and a “we can tackle anything” attitude from the outset made me feel that I had indeed picked the right person to trust with this task of completing my dissertation. In addition to your manner, your knowledge of the English language and writing rules went way beyond my expectations. I knew you knew what you were talking about. But could I afford you?

Your affordability was a wonderful surprise. The small grant that I received would cover all of the services that you rendered (although sometimes I think that you must have “thrown in” many of those post-submission hours spent on perfecting the manuscript for publication). Financial worries can take up so much “brain space” and thus get in the way of doing what needs to be done. However, since you addressed this issue clearly and immediately, I was able to spend the past year concentrating on completing my manuscript.

From the day we started, you were always easily accessible. As you are a professional editor, I know you had multiple projects; however, you always made me feel as if MY project was your ONLY project. You took the time not just to make whatever changes you deemed necessary but, more importantly, you explained your rationale for doing so…in essence, your editing of my manuscript turned out to be an academic writing seminar for me (free of charge, I might add now). In working with you, I learned that, in writing, “less is more,” that choice and placement of a single word can make the difference between “hinting” at what you know and intelligently “stating” what you know. As can be the case with large documents—the dissertation was 300+ pages—even when we ran into formatting headaches, you stood the course with me…until the very end—again, a reflection of your commitment to your clients’ success. Moreover, as my doctoral committee at Teachers College, Columbia University confirmed, the end result was a class A, topnotch manuscript worthy of publication in any scholarly journal in my field.

I would unequivocally recommend your professional services to any doctoral candidate or member of the academic community who is not willing to settle for any result less than scholarly perfection. You possess a rare blend of warmth, patience, sense of humor, unmatched knowledge, and professional expertise…the perfect combination to help anyone face the daunting task that dissertation-level academic writing can be.

Cordially, and with the deepest of thanks,

A graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University