Our Staff

Chip Colwell – Editor-In-Chief

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.


Christine Weeber – Copy editor/Sub-editor & poetry editor

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 a bilingual poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press. 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.


Eshe lewis – Public Anthropology Fellow

Eshe Lewis is the public anthropology fellow at SAPIENS. 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.


Emily sekine – Cultural & Linguistics Development Editor

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.


Daisy Yuhas – Features Editor

Daisy Yuhas is a freelance writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. As a science journalist, her work has given her the opportunity to explore diverse topics, including birds, brains, and bosons. She is a columnist for The Hechinger Report where she writes about the intersection of cognitive science and education. Previously, she was a staff editor at Scientific American MIND. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, Audubon magazine, NBC News MACH, Spectrum News, and symmetry magazine, among other outlets. Daisy studied English literature with a minor in biology in college. Though her subsequent stint doing ornithological fieldwork did not persuade her to become a scientist, it reinforced her love for learning about our world and its varied inhabitants.


A woman in a scarf and glasses stands before a wall.Negar Razavi – Media and Public Outreach Fellow

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. Razavi received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.


A man with a beard and wearing glasses smiles in front of a brick wall. jason vasser-elong – Poet-in-Residence

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.




Isabella Alexander, Emory University

Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University

Leo Couacaud, Independent Scholar

Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Justin Dunnavant, University of California, Los Angeles

Ayana Omilade Flewellen, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sara L. Gonzalez, University of Washington

Jeffrey Hoelle, University of California, Santa Barbara

Fred Nyongesa Ikanda, Maseno University

Junko Kitanaka, Keio University

Jason De León, University of California, Los Angeles

Wendy Gunn, Monash University

Ora Marek-Martinez, Northern Arizona University

Josep Martí, Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC), Barcelona

Chandana Mathur, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Nilika Mehrotra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Lindsay M. Montgomery, University of Arizona

Eduardo G. Neves, University of São Paulo

April Nowell, University of Victoria

Briana Pobiner, National Museum of Natural History

Egle Rindzeviciute, Kingston University London

Martin Schultz, Acequia Madre House

Adam T. Smith, Cornell University

Veronica Strang, Durham University

Yeon Jung Yu, Western Washington University