About Us

SAPIENS is a digital magazine about the human world. It’s about how we communicate with each other, 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.


Share a broad range of human stories with integrity and clarity
– Bring marginalized voices to the center of conversations
– Treat our community of writers, readers, and story subjects with empathy and respect
– Bridge academic and public spaces
– Help anthropologists become engaging storytellers through quality writing
– Demonstrate the value of anthropological knowledge in the wider world
– Confront what anthropology was, challenge what it is, and dream what it could be