Chip Colwell is Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He received his PhD from Indiana University, and has held fellowships with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and J. William Fulbright Program.
He has served on the editorial boards of the American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, Museum Worlds, and the International Journal of Cultural Property. He was co-editor of Museum Anthropology from 2009-2012 and was elected to the Society for American Archaeology board of directors for 2015-2017. Numerous grants have supported his research, including from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters, and 10 books. His work has been highlighted in such venues as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, New Republic, Archaeology Magazine, BBC, and TEDx. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Mountain-Plains Museums Association Leadership and Innovation Award, and National Council on Public History Book Award.
In January 2016, as the founding editor-in-chief, he launched SAPIENS, an online magazine about anthropological thinking and discoveries.