About Us


Sarah (the Linguistic One): Sarah Shulist is a linguistic anthropologist, which she continues to use as justification to a) make up words and b) swear a lot (BECAUSE DATA). Her main research focus is on the revitalization of Indigenous languages, and specifically, on the importance of understanding the social, cultural, and political aspects of these processes in order to further the decolonizing goals of Indigenous communities. She has done fieldwork in the Northwest Amazon of Brazil, where multilingualism, urbanization, and changing political structures complicate revitalization efforts, and is currently developing projects in Edmonton on these issues. She is also generally fascinated by language change and creative linguistic practices, from ConLangs to poetics to emoji creation. Sarah is originally from the Ottawa Valley region of Ontario and will give bonus points to any (current) student who correctly identifies an example of her slipping back in to the Valley accent. She likes a few non-linguistic things, like hockey, tv both high brow and supposedly embarrassing, graphic novels,  memoirs, and Pokemon Go, but it turns out eventually all of those things are also going to be about language. Sarah frequently gets mouthy on Twitter: @sarahshulist

Biittner (the Archaeology One): Katie Biittner is an anthropological archaeologist. Edmonton born and raised, Katie has conducted fieldwork in Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Ontario, and Tanzania. Her research interests, like her fandoms, are many and varied. For her research in Iringa Region, Tanzania, Katie used macroscopic and microscopic techniques to examine Middle and Later Stone Age lithic assemblages from two sites to examine technological behaviour in early anatomically modern humans. However, her involvement in public outreach programs and archaeological field schools has shifted away her focus away from rocks and microscopes towards cultural heritage management and community-based archaeology. Her work in Tanzania has also sparked a passion for post-colonial archaeologies. Katie struggles to separate personal and professional interests; this is most evident in the classroom where topics such as witchcraft, body modifications, and gender are inevitably brought up. A proud Slytherin, Katie takes great pleasure in ranting about movies, television, Star Wars, xbox, comics, and cats. You can find her on twitter and instagram @kbiittner.