Emma H.


When Emma was fifteen, she started her own watercolor portrait business. Her favorite clients were the dogs. Always interested in life’s big questions, she spent her undergraduate years at Yale majoring in Religious Studies, contributing to a student-run journal that focused on the subject of happiness, working in a neuroscience lab, co-leading the Global Health and AIDS Coalition, and benefitting from her roommate’s excellent baking skills. She is currently a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she studies poetry and the history of the English literary tradition going back to the Middle Ages.

Before beginning her graduate studies, Emma honed her editorial sensibility as an editorial assistant at Harper’s Magazine and W.W. Norton & Co., where she worked on books by authors such as Michael Lewis, Lydia Millet, Caitlin Doughty, and Rania Abouzeid. Her time in publishing taught her that writing never stops being a messy and frustrating task, even for the best writers. As a coach with Cambridge Coaching, she loves helping students with the challenging process of structuring their ideas and transforming their thoughts into words.

In her free time, Emma enjoys experimenting with new spices and recipes, watching anything that Phoebe Waller-Bridge creates, and traveling abroad.

Education & Qualifications
  • Columbia University, PhD Candidate in English and Comparative Literature
  • Yale University, BA in Religious Studies
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing
  • Art History