Tom Wells is an author and freelance editor in Boulder, Colorado, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Tom Wells has edited books and articles on a variety of topics, including economics, the war on drugs, race, the Korean War, Chinese migrants, the conservationist William Temple Hornaday, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Indonesian political parties, modernity, cinema, police interrogation, black radicalism, high tech and industry in China, modernization in China, AIDS in Africa, North Korea, female coal-miners in Japan, guns and naval warfare, water, a memoir, and many other subjects. He has also edited fiction and book proposals. His rate is $35 per hour, or a flat negotiated sum.