Introducing The Editors

As a part of the recent changes which have been occurring here at The Geek Anthropologist, this blog is now community-run. This means that instead of being managed by one person, it is now overseen by a team of editors: Nicholas Mizer, Marie-Pierre Renaud and myself, Emma Louise Backe.

As editors of The Geek Anthropologist, we come from a variety of backgrounds. We met through our mutual love of geek culture and dedication to the practice of anthropology. This blog ostensibly wouldn’t be possible without the kinds of communities cyberspace can create and enhance. As a group, we run The Geek Anthropologist to share our own insight and opinions on geeky or anthropological topics we find interesting, encourage conversation, and increase awareness about how a social science framework can complement and supplement our understanding of kaiju, aliens and cyborgs. Each of us has studied anthropology in undergraduate or graduate school , and we all have different elements of geek culture that attract and excite us. Though we all identify as geeks, we understand the identity in our own ways, and also hope the blog will elicit discussion about what it means to be a geek and how this relates to being an anthropologist. For more personal information about the editors, you can go to our Who Are These Geeks? page.

Our role is to oversee the content of the blog. We review upcoming blog posts, conduct research on future series or projects that will occur in installments, moderate commentary, and communicate with interested contributors and readers. We strive to cultivate engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining posts.

We are also looking for regular contributors  who would be interested in joining our team. Geek culture is an expansive terrain and we hope to include as many perspectives and niches as possible.

Thank you for reading and may your midichlorians remain strong!





About Emma Louise Backe

I graduated from Vassar College, which makes me an official liberal-arts witch, where I majored in Cultural Anthropology and English. I focused on the intersection between medical anthropology and folklore, indigenous narrative practices and healing techniques, and the role of language and storytelling in healing. I'm a logophile at heart--the bookish type that's always carrying around three or four books, loves experimenting with language, and has something of an Indiana Jones complex. I've worked in South Africa at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit; interned with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, The NAMES Project Foundation, and the UCLA Center for Art and Global Health; served as Head Consultant of Vassar College's Writing Center; volunteered with Peace Corps on community health empowerment; and worked as the Research Assistant at The Global Women's Institute at George Washington University. I have spent most of my professional career working on human rights issues, specifically violence against women and girls and reproductive health rights. I am currently pursuing my Master's at George Washington University.

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