Devon L. Strolovitch, Ph.D.

381 Adams Street Apt.B, Oakland, CA 94610 - (510) 271-8004 -


Media/Communications Experience


Radio Host, KALW 91.7 FM (San Francisco, CA). 2007-present.

Host and produce weekly local blues magazine, Fog City Blues.


Production Coordinator, Ben Manilla Productions (San Francisco, CA). 2006-present.

Oversee production of weekly public radio show, Philosophy Talk, and of series broadcast on NPR, The Sounds of American Culture. Generate, revise, and edit scripts and other broadcast-related content. Manage team of contributing writers, editors, and reporters.


Manager, Cornell Linguistics Circle Publications, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). 1998-2000, 2002-2004.

      Oversaw publication of dissertations and five annual journals. Maintained database to record orders and billing, packaged and distributed publications, coordinated with booksellers and conference organizers, trained assistants, compiled yearly reports, reported to administrative supervisors, and co-authored operations manual.


Co-editor and Contributing Author, Cornell Linguistics Circle Publications (Ithaca, NY). 1998-2000.

      Coordinated copy editing, fact checking, layout formatting, and printing/binding for three academic journals. Authored three articles on Judeo-Romance texts in Cornell Working Papers in Linguistics 17 (2000).


Production Assistant, Interlock Media Inc. (Boston, MA). 1996.                                                  

Coordinated production personnel and equipment for documentary films, copy-edited and proofread film script and other documents, interviewed prospective hirees, maintained and developed video library.


Blues Music Director and Disc Jockey, WOBC 91.5 FM (Oberlin, OH). 1993-1997.

Oversaw Blues programming and library development, met regularly with Blues disc jockeys, compiled program logs, reported to Station Manager, corresponded with music distributors, coordinated publicity and other promotions. Hosted weekly program of traditional Blues and Jazz, Rags, Stomps & Blues.


Related Experience


Freelance Editor, Researcher, Translator. 1998-present

      Proofreading, basic editing, substantial editing and translation services to aid clients in completion of projects such as copy-editing book manuscripts, academic articles, applications and website materials.


French Language Senior Copywriter, Gap Inc. (San Francisco, CA). 2006.

Composed, translated, and edited marketing materials for Old Navy brand in Quebec, Canada. Devised marketing taglines and proofed graphic design layouts. Ensured accuracy of legal copy, product labels, in-store signage, and operational guidelines.


Instructor, John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). 1998-2000.

Designed and taught seminar-style expository writing course. Worked in-class and with individual students to meet deadlines for writing assignments in numerous styles. Developed holistic and innovative approaches that emphasized both grammatical form and compositional process. Edited content for student-authored Dictionary of Local Usage.




Writing & Editing Skills

      Organized, methodical, and analytically-minded, with a pronounced attention to detail and appreciation for verbal presentation. In-depth experience writing and editing a wide array of documents including: researched articles, proposals, applications, reports, and various informal documents. Able to meet tight deadlines. Extremely strong command of English grammar and familiarity with various style guides (including AP).


Language & Cultural Skills

      Near-native fluency in French, proficiency in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Welsh. 12 years of Jewish dayschool education in Montreal, Canada, in addition to university-level study of Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-Arabic, and numerous other languages.


Computer Skills

      Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, FileMaker Pro, PageMaker, NisusWriter, Blackboard, HTML, and audio/video editing. Macintosh (OS 9 and X) and Windows-compatible platforms.




Ph.D. in Linguistics, Cornell University. 2005. Specialization: Writing systems, Jewish languages, Judeo-Portuguese.

Intensive Summer Program, Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies. 1999.

B.A. with Highest Honors, Oberlin College. 1997. Linguistics major, Anthropology minor.