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, poetry editor, & Development editor

Christine Weeber 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. In her free time, she hikes, fly fishes, does healing work, and writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Christine has a recent bilingual poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press. You can also find her 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. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, Latin dance, and connecting with her community. 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.


jones_cropNicola Jones – Archaeology & Bioanthropology Development Editor

Nicola Jones is a freelance editor and writer living in Pemberton, British Columbia, just outside the ski town of Whistler. She has a B.S. in chemistry and oceanography, and a master’s in journalism, both from the University of British Columbia. Since 2000, Nicola has written for Time magazine, New Scientist, Yale Environment 360, Nature, and more. She writes about everything from earth science to quantum physics and edits commentaries written by leading academics from the physical and social sciences.


Daniel Salas – Digital Editor

Prior to joining the Wenner-Gren Foundation in 2011, Daniel Salas was a digital intern at The New York Times and several new-media startups. He received a B.A. in anthropology and religious studies from New York University and an M.A. in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. His research interests include ethnohistory, the anthropology of religion, eschatology, and food studies.


Yoli Ngandali – Media and Public Outreach Fellow

Yoli Ngandali is a Ph.D. candidate in archaeology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests span Indigenous archaeology, museum studies, and digital curation. Her dissertation is a collections-based research project that develops digital and community-based approaches to Indigenous art revitalization within museum settings and highlights long-standing carving traditions on the Lower Columbia River.


Justin Wright – Poet-in-Residence

Justin Wright is a sociocultural anthropologist, performance studies scholar, theater artist, and performance poet. In both their scholarly and artistic pursuits, Wright is concerned with notions of national and cultural memories, transgenerational traumas, Black grief, and Black and Black-queer identity-making. Their work seeks to understand how Black people might craft from that pain, grief, and trauma something breathtakingly beautiful—and from that beauty, freedom and liberation. Wright holds an M.A. in theater and performance studies from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a Ph.D. student in anthropology at American University. Follow them on Twitter @jd_thewright.




Isabella Alexander, Emory University

Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University

Leo Couacaud, University of Mauritius

Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Justin Dunnavant, Vanderbilt University

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, Museum Cerny

Adam T. Smith, Cornell University

Veronica Strang, Durham University

Yeon Jung Yu, Western Washington University