SAPIENS is a digital magazine about the human world. It’s about how we communicate with one another, why we behave kindly and badly, where and when we evolved in the past, and how we live and continue to evolve today. It’s about the relationship between our laws and ethics, the cities we build, and the environment we depend on. It’s about why sex, sports, and violence consume and intrigue us, what life was like in centuries past, where we might be headed in centuries to come, and much more.
In January 2016, we launched SAPIENS with a mission to bring anthropology—the study of being human—to the public, to make a difference in how people see themselves and the people around them. Our objective is to deepen your understanding of the human experience by exploring exciting, novel, thought-provoking, and unconventional ideas.
Through news coverage, features, commentaries, reviews, photo essays, and much more, we work closely with anthropologists and journalists to craft intriguing and innovative ways of sharing the discipline with a worldwide audience. To expand our reach, we syndicate articles at The Atlantic, DiscoverMagazine.com, ScientificAmerican.com, and other publications. We are fully funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and published in partnership with the University of Chicago Press, while maintaining unconditional editorial independence.
SAPIENS aims to transform how the public understands anthropology. Every piece of content is grounded in anthropological research, theories, or thinking. We present stories and perspectives that are authoritative, accessible, and relevant—but still lively and entertaining.
We hope you will return often to SAPIENS, where we strive to regularly deliver fresh, delightful insights into everything human.
Amplifying anthropological knowledge to build a more just and sustainable world.
Delivering trusted, compelling, and relevant anthropology stories to public audiences.
Chip Colwell is the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University and has held fellowships and grants from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and U.S. Fulbright Program. For 12 years, he was the curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and 12 books, many of which have received honors, including the National Council on Public History Book Award and the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association. His essays and op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Atlas Obscura, Aeon, and more. Follow him on Twitter @drchipcolwell.
Keridwen Cornelius is a freelance journalist and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. She often writes about scientific solutions to society’s problems, like how wastewater could help flush the opioid crisis, how beer could save Western rivers, and how an innovative surgery gives hope to kids with bizarre brain tumors. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and National Geographic Adventure, among other outlets. She was previously editor-in-chief of PHOENIX magazine. Keridwen earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in journalism. In her free time, she hikes, travels, cooks, kayaks, and writes screenplays and nonfiction. Follow her on Twitter @keridwen77.
Eshe Lewis is the project director for the SAPIENS Public Scholars Training Program. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida and has spent the past 10 years working with Afro-descendant peoples in Peru on issues of social movements, women’s issues, black feminism, and gender violence. Eshe is based in Toronto, Canada.
Marlaina Martin earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2019. Her anthropological research and writing explore learning, creative, and community-building practices of Black women and nonbinary media makers. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Association for Feminist Anthropology, the Social Science Research Council, The Phillips Collection, and Rutgers University. Marlaina has been published by The Feminist Wire, OMERTAA, Current Anthropology, and PBS. Prior to joining the SAPIENS team, she held the first-ever Presidential postdoctoral fellowship in University of Maryland, College Park’s anthropology department.
Sophie Muro is the digital editor at SAPIENS. She earned her M.A. in museum studies from George Washington University in 2022. Her previous research focused on community-based curation techniques and increasing the accessibility of museum collections through the use of digital tools. Prior to working at SAPIENS, Sophie served as the social media coordinator at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.
Emily Sekine is an editor and a writer with a Ph.D. in anthropology from The New School for Social Research. Prior to joining the team at SAPIENS, she worked with academic authors to craft journal articles and book manuscripts as the founder of Bird’s-Eye View Scholarly Editing. Her anthropological research and writing explore the relationships between people and nature, especially in the context of the seismic and volcanic landscapes of Japan. Emily’s work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Society of Environmental Journalists, among others, and her essays have appeared in publications such as Orion magazine, the Anthropocene Curriculum, and Anthropology News.
Negar Razavi is the public humanities postdoctoral fellow at the Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern University. As a political anthropologist, her research examines the intersections of security, expertise, gender, humanitarianism, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Her current book project looks at the role of think tanks and elite security experts in Washington, D.C., in shaping U.S. policies toward Iran and Egypt. Negar received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jason Vasser-Elong’s research focuses on identity in a postcolonial context. He studied anthropology and later received his MFA from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he is currently a doctoral student in the college of education. Vasser-Elong is the author of the poetry collection Shrimp. His essay “Treading the Atlantic” was presented at the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies conference as an introduction to the keynote lecture on postcolonial memory. He also presented that essay at the American Anthropological Association’s conference “Truth and Responsibility” in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jvasserelong.
Christine Weeber is the copy editor/sub-editor and poetry editor at SAPIENS. She earned an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Colorado State University in 2005. From 2009–2017, she served as the editorial manager of Museum Anthropology. Prior to working at SAPIENS, she ran Stonefly Editorial Services, a freelance writing and editing business. Christine has published two poetry chapbooks. You can also find her creative work in The Fourth River, the Kyoto Journal, the Wild Roof Journal, Solo: On Her Own Adventure, and other publications.
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