Below is a synopsis of my education, some of the publications I have authored or edited, and relevant work experience. For my full curriculum vitae (a detailed account of my entire career) and writing samples, please see the links immediately below.


  • Martha E. Lang CV 

  • Writing Sample #1: Journal article from Health Matrix

  • Writing Sample #2: Encyclopedia entry on acupuncture and disability 

  • Writing Sample #3: Technical Report for the Rhode Island Autism Project ​ 


Ph.D. in Sociology, Brown University—May 1998

Areas of Focus: Medical Sociology & Social Demography


M.A. in Sociology, Brown University—May 1993

Areas of Focus: Medical Sociology & Social Demography


B.S. in Sociology, Guilford College—May 1990

Major: Sociology

Minors: Biology & Afro-American Studies

Graduated with highest honors and received the Senior Sociology/Anthropology Award as well as several merit scholarships.

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Recent Publications

As an experienced and accomplished editor and author, it’s always important for me to understand the context of a piece in order to pick out the most important details and structure the narrative flow accordingly. Check out some of the recently published websites, books, and articles I’ve been involved in producing below. 


I provided developmental editing for eight chapters and the introduction of Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, I provided guidance to this volume's co-editor, Jamie Rezmovitz on overall strategies. Published by Emerald Group Publishing in 2018.

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Lang, Martha E., and Chloe E. Bird. 2018. “Understanding Social Structural Barriers and Facilitators to Behavioral Change: The Case of Cisgender Women Diagnosed with HIV.” Pp. 127-165 in Change and Maintaining Change, edited by Debra A. Hope and Rick A. Bevins. New York: Springer Nature.



I am the lead author on this publication that is based on an original presentation I developed for the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation in 2017. This book chapter provides a thorough review of the social structural barriers to staying in medical care for women diagnosed with HIV as well as solutions to remedy these barriers.    


I designed, researched, created, and published this website on the Stonewall Uprising. It is being used as a resource for the Common Woman Chorus to aid them in preparation for performing "Quiet No More," a choral suite commissioned by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus in recognition of Stonewall's 50th anniversary. This website has been shared with the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus, Triad Pride Men's Chorus, and Triad Pride Women's Chorus as well as all other choruses in the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) to aid them in their preparation for performing "Quiet No More."  

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Other Publications

Lang, Martha E., and Chloe E. Bird. 2015. “Understanding and Addressing the Common Roots of Racial Disparities in Health: The Case of Cardiovascular Disease & HIV/AIDS in African Americans.” Health Matrix, 25: 109-38. 


Bird, Chloe E., and Martha E. Lang. 2014. “Gender, Health, and Constrained Choice.” Pp. 206-211 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella R. Quah. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Martha E. Lang. 2012 "Book Review: Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender." Gender and Society 26(2):330-332.


Bird, Chloe E., Martha E. Lang, and Patricia P. Rieker. 2011. “Changing Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality.”  Pp. 125-141 in The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare, edited by Ellen Kuhlmann and Ellen Annandale. New York; Macmillan-Palgrave.


Rieker, Patricia P., Chloe E. Bird, and Martha E. Lang. 2010. “Understanding Gender and Health: Old Patterns, New Trends, and Future Directions.” Pp. 52-91 in Handbook of Medical Sociology, 6th edition, edited by Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans. Nashville, TN; Vanderbilt University Press.


Lang, Martha E. 2005. “Acupuncture.” Pp. 29-32 in Encyclopedia of Disability (vol. 1), edited by Gary Albrecht. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Bird, Chloe E., Martha E. Lang, Benjamin Amick, and Jocelyn Chertoff. 2002. “Organizational Supports for and Barriers to Part-Time Work Arrangements for Professionals: The Case of Radiology.” Pp. 159-182 in  Social Inequalities, Health and Health Care Delivery (Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 20), edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.


Lang, Martha E. 1998. Final Report: The State of Services and Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Special Needs. 

Brown, Phil, Peter Conrad, Nicole Bell, Jonathan Howland, and Martha Lang. 1997. “State-Level Clustering of Safety Measures and Its Relationship to Injury Mortality.” International Journal of Health Services 27(2):347-357.

Related Work Experience

 Freelance Editor

                                                     September 2017- present

  • Clients included industry professionals, Upwork clients, and Cactus Communications. 

  • Have maintained 100% deadline conformance across several hundred assignments.

  • Have provided proofreading, copy editing, and structural editing of abstracts, research proposals, doctoral dissertations, masters theses,  journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and book manuscripts.

  • In November 2017 received a commendation in an internal newsletter from Cactus Communications as a “Positive Participator,” with the following note: “Martha’s relatively new to our systems and processes but has grasped our service scopes well and is quick to clarify any potential issues. She’s maintained a high QI [internal quality index rating] and has steadily increased her productivity on CACTUS assignments.”

  • From December 2017 through May 2018 was among the 10 editors with highest combined productivity and internal quality index ratings for my division at Cactus Communications. 

Peer Reviewer and Textbook Reviewer                                                                                                                            2003-2017

  • Served as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociological Compass, and Women’s Health Issues.

  • Reviewed introductory sociology textbooks for McGraw-Hill, Oxford, SAGE Pine Forge, and Thomson Wadsworth.


Adjunct Faculty                                                                                                                                                                        2002-2017

  • Served at Providence College, Smith College, University of Texas at El Paso, Guilford College, Tufts University, and Brown University.

  • Developed and taught courses in sociology, environmental studies, history, and women’s studies, including general education courses in which formal writing instruction was a primary component.

  • Developed effective classroom and online pedagogies for teaching writing to individuals from a variety of backgrounds including first-generation college students, second language learners, and adult students.

  • Served as an advisor for honors theses and capstone projects, mentoring student through the processes of development, research, drafting, revision, and defense.

  • Provided for colleagues copy editing and developmental editing of grant proposals, articles, book chapters, and book manuscripts.