Amber is a writer and former PhD student in Near Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkeley, where her focus was the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula. Since grad school, most of her work has been academia-adjacent: packaging graduate and faculty research on Western Asia and North Africa for K-14 and public audience consumption. She is endlessly fascinated by intellectual history, how we have come to think the things we do, and how, by making research and knowledge more accessible, we can change disciplines for the better.
Anna has a Ph.D in Archaeology from Boston University, and specializes in identifying the animal bones from archaeological sites. This means being able to tell a horse from a hippopotamus, but also trying to understand how the humans at that archaeological site were interacting with the various animals on their landscape. Were they working with them? Eating them? Giving them a wide berth? The bones have the answers. Anna's graduate research focused on Neanderthal diet and nutrition, but she's equally fascinated by the archaeology of all time periods all over the world.