Stephen Ullstrom


I write accurate, detailed, and thoughtfully structured indexes that enable readers to search and explore the author’s message. I index a wide variety of trade and scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences, with a special interest in Asian studies, religious studies, Indigenous studies, history, and health and medicine for a lay audience. I also index policies and contracts.

In 2014, I won the inaugural Purple Pen Award for best new indexer, for my index for the book Strange Visitors: Documents in the History of Indigenous and Settler Relations in Canada from 1876, edited by Keith D. Smith (University of Toronto Press, 2014). I have so far indexed over 150 books, and I look forward to indexing many more.

Please visit my website,, for more details, including my blog and specific projects I have worked on. You can also contact me directly through the contact form on the right-hand side of this page. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Arts and Humanities : Archaeology and ancient history, History, Religion and spirituality
  • Economy, politics and law : Business, Government and politics, Military and defense
  • Health and medicine : Medicine and pharmacology, Alternative health, Psychology and mental health, Health Care
  • International studies : Africa, Asia, Canadian studies, Europe, Developing countries, Australia and Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States, International relations
  • Lifestyle and Leisure : Fashion, Food and drink, Gardening, Crafts, Animals and pets, Sports, fitness, and recreation, Travel and tourism, Personal development
  • Sciences : Biological sciences, Earth sciences, Ecology and environment
  • Society : Indigenous peoples, Culture, Education
  • Materials - Books : Scholarly books, Trade monographs, Biographies and memoirs, Children and young adult, Guidebooks, Textbooks, Manuals and how-to books, Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and glossaries
  • Materials - Other : Government materials, Contracts and collective agreements, Reports, Policies and procedures
  • Other Skills : Proofreading, Writing