Marie-Pierre Renaud – Founding Editor
A sociocultural anthropologist, Marie-Pierre specializes in native studies and has written her master’s memoir on Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, an international indigenous healing movement. Her fields of interest include reconciliation processes, contemporary indigenous art, healing and decolonization movements, and popular culture, particularly geek culture. She founded The Geek Anthropologist in 2012 because she wanted to write about the intersections between anthropology and science-fiction, two of her greatest passions. To learn more, see her About.me page or read From Science-Fiction to Anthropology: There and Back Again. Contact Marie-Pierre on Twitter @ or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find her on Linkedin and Academia.edu.
Emma Louise Backe – Managing Editor
Emma is a Master’s student in Medical Anthropology at George Washington University, where she is also pursuing a certificate in Global Gender Policy. She is interested in the ways that gender constructions and norms inform public health initiatives and international development, particularly in regards to women and girls’ reproductive and sexual health. She is currently conducting fieldwork in Washington D.C., but after graduating from Vassar College with a degree in Anthropology and English, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the community health sector of Fiji. Her scholarship is also dedicated to making anthropology public and using geeky mediums like science fiction to demonstrate the continued salience of cultural sensitivity and reflexivity in popular culture and political contexts. She can be reached via Twitter @EmmaLouiseBacke or by email at email@example.com.
Nicholas J. Mizer – Editor
Dr. Nicholas Mizer is a multi-classed anthropologist / folklorist / performance studies scholar. Although much of his work focuses on tabletop role-playing games, he thinks that studying geek culture in general has a lot to offer to human understanding, from thinking about modernity and consumerism to the importance of imagination and wonder for what it means to be human. He has some manuscripts and talks posted at his academia.edu page, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, read Nicholas’ introductory TGA piece, “Just to Vex and Be Vexed in Return.
Laya Liebseller – Editor
Laya, is an anthropologist by day and table-top gamer by night, studying at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her Thesis, Rules of the House, focused on the power relations within World of Darkness live-action role-player communities in America. Her current PhD work focuses on larpers in Scandinavia, and how culture impacts the way we play as a species. Her interests include nerds, geeks, and gamers of all types, horror and dystopic worlds in popular culture, institutions of play, and boundary making within play spaces (both internal and external).
Contact: Twitter @playscholar
Alissa Whitmore – Editor
Alissa Whitmore is an archaeologist, gamer, and pop culture enthusiast. Her interests include portrayals of archaeology and the ancient world in popular culture and alternative archaeology. She loves combining anthropology and history with science fiction, fantasy, and comics, as well as questioning the impacts that these media have on our understanding of ourselves, others, and the past. She has varying degrees geekspertise in superheroes and comics, role-playing video games, Batman, and Magic the Gathering. She also has a plastic, life-size skeleton named Dem Bones.
Rayna Elizabeth – Contributor
Rayna was named after the android from the original Star Trek series. She is currently an undergrad student at York University in Toronto, focusing on degrees in both anthropology and psychology. The human story has always fascinated her, especially when it comes to exploring life through imagination. Her anthropological interests include death studies, human factors in space, classism, ethics, and science and technology studies. As a singer-songwriter, she tries to incorporate her ideas in order to express them through a musical medium. She is also a gamer and loves everything sci-fi and fantasy. Feel free to contact her anytime @raynaelizabeth or by email at email@example.com. You can also visit her personal website and tumblr. Read her introductory piece, Bones, Betazoids and Battleaxes: Life and Times of an Anthrogeek to learn more about her.
Astrid Willis Countee – Editor
Astrid is an anthropologist who has built her career working in business and technology. She is interested in using the social sciences to solve messy problems like climate change, disinformation, artificial intelligence and social justice related issues. A science geek since the beginning, she enjoys reading way too much non-fiction usually related to biology, physics, technology and of course anthropology. Her favorite sci-fi show is Fringe, partly cause it has a cool computer scientist/linguist named Astrid. She currently works as Chief of Staff at Cemvita Factory, a biotech startup bioengineering microbes to eat the carbon out of heavy carbon producing industries and is the co-founder for Missing Link Studios, which currently distributes the This Anthro Life podcast. She has a MA in Applied Medical Anthropology from the University of Houston, BA in Psychology from Baylor University, a certificate in Backend Software Engineering from The Iron Yard and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary masters in Biomedical Studies and English.