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.
Prior to becoming the managing editor of SAPIENS in May 2015, Amanda Mascarelli spent more than a decade as a freelance science journalist. She has written about oil spills, autism, the neuroscience of magic, the biological complexity of sex and gender, and many other topics, and her reporting has taken her around the world. Her work appears in Audubon, Nature, Science, Science News for Students, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere, and she is a contributor to The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age. Amanda earned an undergraduate degree in biology and spent several years doing lab and field research before earning a master’s in journalism. She lives with her husband and three children in Denver, Colorado. Follow her on Twitter @A_Mascarelli.
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.
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. She has also been a copy editor for the Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research journal, Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, and numerous other clients. In her free time, she hikes, does healing work, and writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Christine has a new bilingual poetry chapbook available from Finishing Line Press. You can also find her work in the Kyoto Journal, A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, and Solo: On Her Own Adventure. She lives at 9,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains west of Boulder, Colorado. Follow her on Twitter @CAWeeber.
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.
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. Follow him on Twitter @d_a_salas.
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.
ADVISORY BOARD, 2019-2020
Isabella Alexander, Emory University
Emma Louise Backe, George Washington University
Leo Couacaud, University of Mauritius
Steffan Igor Ayora Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
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
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 Sao Paulo
April Nowell, University of Victoria
Briana Pobiner, National Museum of Natural History
Egle Rindzeviciute, Kingston University London
Martin Schultz, National Museums of World Culture, Sweden
Veronica Strang, Durham University
Yeon Jung Yu, Western Washington University