Judith Crews, PhD
Consulting Editor, Writer, Professor
SMS/Signal: +33 6 13 96 27 03

Native language. 30 years’ experience in English-language editorial services in science, technology, literature


Fully fluent in spoken and written French


High level of proficiency in spoken and written Italian


Good conversational and reading knowledge of German


Basic comprehension of spoken and written Spanish

Computer skills

Microsoft Office advanced skills, complementary computer skills (2004, FAO). Acrobat PDF, Dreamweaver (2002, UNESCO).


Translating scientific, technical and literary texts from French to English

Photography editing
  • 30+ years of English-language editorial services and project management in science, technology & literature
  • 25 years of university teaching experience – English & French language & literature; communications
  • 14 years as executive/managing editor at a peer-reviewed food chemistry journal
  • 12 years as UNESCO, FAO information/editorial consultant
  • Member, European Association of Science Editors – EASE
Professional experience
SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility2022

The European Union launched the SWITCH-Asia programme with a mission to support the transition of Asian countries to low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economies while promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns within Asia and greener supply chains between Asia and Europe. The SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility aims at strengthening the implementation of SCP policies at the national level.

Conference, University of Bologna (IT)January 27-28, 2020

EU Horizon 2020 PLOTINA project, Final Conference, “ReGendering Science: For an inclusive research environment”

Forced gender and social roles in the reading of mythos – learning to re-read ambiguity

Aims of the contribution:

  • To observe how “texts” (specifically, traditional tales) are read and received with unconscious and largely “forced” biases concerning gendered roles, and how this reading essentially sabotages the symbolism of the text.
  • To investigate a select body of texts – traditional literature, folklore, oral traditions – in order to re-examine the reading strategies that would allow the authentic gendered dynamic of the text to be released.
  • To suggest a potential (but urgently necessary) new teaching of reading itself, from the earliest years with children’s readings of traditional tales, taking into consideration how implicit gendered role bias insidiously grafts itself into the interpretation of the texts to produce a false social discourse and skewed roles for all genders.
Litwin Books2020

General Introduction for A.-C. Grandmougin, Lucien Herr: Socialist Librarian of the French Third Republic, trans. T. Raleigh, Sacramento, CA., Litwin Books, 2020.


Lucien Herr (1864–1926) served as the librarian at France’s most prestigious teacher training college, the École Normale Supérieure in the rue d’Ulm in Paris from 1888 until his death in 1926. Generations of French “Normaliens” know about Herr and his incredible erudition, his passion for sharing knowledge with others, and his frank outspokenness and deeply rooted convictions that a democratic society should be achieved through rationalism, intellectualism, and science, as opposed to the mysticism, sentimentalism and religiosity that permeated a large segment of French intellectual life during the 19th century. Herr’s goal was to promote open access to knowledge and learning through libraries. Lucien Herr was also one of the pioneers of French socialism, influencing the thinking of important political leaders (Jaurès, Blum, Péguy). His ideas were grounded both in his vast erudition in philosophy and science and in his active commitment to the international working class in Europe. Herr’s name will always be associated with one of the defining socio-political crises that divided French society in the late 19th century, the Dreyfus Affair, and his early conviction of the innocence of Lieutenant Alfred Dreyfus galvanized the French intellectuals who would become known as the Dreyfusards.

Consulting Editor
PLOTINA: European Union Horizon 2020 Program2015–2020

Promoting Gender Balance and Inclusion in Research, Innovation and Training. Consulting Editor, online newsletter; chaired 4th Project Meeting hosted by University of Bologna, Italy (09/13/2017).

Executive Editor, Editorial Board Member
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis2004–2018

Executive management of JFCA, a peer-reviewed food chemistry journal. Initial scope/language evaluation of 1500–2000 submissions/year (responsible for reject-before-review decisions for a percentage of papers); article review, final accept decision on selected papers; peer-review process management; language- and/or copy-editing for accepted papers; training of editorial assistants; development of journal strategy & special issues.

Consultant (P-4)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy2002–2011

FAO Information officer. Editor/project manager: Forestry and Fisheries Departments; Global Information and Early Warning Systems Department; Natural Resources Department. Web management and publishing in 4 languages (including Arabic text management). Project manager, International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health. HTML and content management systems. Liaison with other departments within FAO; liaison with external partners. Editorial services, including writing, revising and rewriting, translation, research, proofreading; journal management.

Consultant (P-4)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, France1999–2002

UNESCO Editor/project manager: Bureau of Strategic Planning: books, brochures on Youth, Gender, Culture of Peace, Least-developed Countries. UNESCO Publishing Office: CD-ROMs on water, Aboriginal Dream Time; books/reports on Education for All, Communication, World Heritage; periodicals, websites; etc. Editorial services, including research, revision, rewriting, translation, copy-editing, proofreading, production follow-up.

Express Texts & Creation, Ltd, Clamart, France1995–1999

Creation and management of small business providing editorial services: concept design & layout, desktop publishing, French-to-English translations, research, writing, copy editing, proofreading, liaison with printers. Software: QuarkXPress, Photoshop/Lightroom, Acrobat programs, WordPerfect/Word, font management. Clients included Metrologia (international metrology journal published by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures [BIPM], Sevres, France); UNESCO (with various partners); Maison des Cultures du Monde; École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris).

Managing Editor
CNRS Research Group “Networks”. École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France1989–1999

Flux: Cahiers scientifiques internationaux Réseaux & Territoires, bilingual scientific review published in French and English by LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés), ENPC, Cité Descartes, Marne-la-Vallée, France. Edited and produced 35 issues plus index; translation of abstracts, articles.

Adjunct professor
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy2014–2020

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Italy. Adjunct professor of course co-sponsored by Elsevier: “Writing and publishing in food science: a practical workshop”: training doctoral candidates in the efficient use of online database resources to write articles for publication in peer-reviewed science journals with significant impact factor (>2.0).

Adjunct professor
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy2007–2011

JCU Communications Department courses: Public Speaking, Business Communications, Rhetoric and Persuasion, Writing for Advocacy. English Department courses: Shakespeare; George Eliot; Women Writers; “Race, Gender and Culture: The American Dream in Literature”; English Composition and Rhetoric. Organized Summer Communications Institute Public Speaking Tournament, August 2010. Management of JCU students and faculty visit to the George McGovern Lecture honoring World Food Day at FAO, in liaison with US Embassy Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, 2008-2010. Attended session of Italian Parliament with Public Speaking class when the Hon. Nancy Pelosi was invited to speak before the Chamber by Italian President Gianfranco Fini on 16 February 2009. Elected to Faculty Senate, September 2010 (Adjunct Representative).

Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA1984

Thesis: Virginity and Maryland: The American Founding Myth in “The Sot-Weed Factors” of Ebenezer Cooke and John Barth.

Diplôme d’études approfondies, Études américaines
Université de Montpellier III, France1981
  • Crews, J. “General Introduction”, A.-C. Grandmougin, Lucien Herr: Socialist Librarian of the French Third Republic, trans. T. Raleigh, Sacramento, CA., Litwin Books, 2020.
  • Forest and tree symbolism in folklore. Unasylva Vol. 54, No. 213, 2003, 37–44.
  • Cities as networks in networks of cities: An interview with Steef C. Buijs. Flux 10, 1994, 51–57.
  • Networks and Telecommunications, review of Réseaux n°49, Special Issue on the History of Telecoms. Flux 7, 1992, 56–60.
  • Sociology vs. Networks in Switzerland. Flux 9, 1992, 55–57.
  • Plain Superficiality. Enclitic 3, no. 2, 1979. Rpt. Lewis Carroll. Ed. Harold Bloom. Modern Critical Views. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987, 83-102.
  • Virginity and Maryland: Barth & Cook & The Sot-Weed Factor. Delta 21, 1985, 43-64.
  • Lutaladio, N., Burlingame, B. & Crews, J. (2010). Horticulture, Biodiversity and Nutrition. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 23, 2010, 481-485
  • Flichy, P., Lorrain, D., Offner, J.-M., & Crews, J. From Technical Networks to Social Networks, an interview with Claude Fischer. Flux 8, July–September 1992, 46–50.