Abby Baker

B.A. (Wesleyan University)
PopAnth Author, Editor, Section Editor

Abby is PopAnth's Section Editor for The Human Body. She works as a freelance design researcher/corporate anthropologist and runs her own mind-body wellness consulting business. Her undergraduate thesis, "Porous Bodies, Collective Agency: An Ethnography of Dance Possession Ceremonies in Mali" won the Carol B. Ohmann award for best thesis in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Wesleyan University.

Abby's research interests lie in the intersections between embodiment, feminism, and spirituality. Abby is also a dancer (jazz, ballet, modern, African, and Bharata Natyam) since age three and a yogi for 10+ years. She enjoys diving deep into a variety of health and self-care practices. Some recent favourites include paper-burning full moon ceremonies, Ayurvedic medicine, and re-learning how to fearlessly fall from great heights and do front handsprings at STREB.


PopAnth Articles

What is your body story?

What is your body story?

As the new Human Body section editor of PopAnth, I want to open up a space for dialogue from (and for) bodies of all shapes and kinds. How does it feel to be human and have a body? What are your material realities and how does that affect you?Read on »


Fieldwork notes on Mali, Part 2

Fieldwork notes on Mali, Part 2

In Part 1, Abby gave us a sense of what it felt like to be in the field. In Part 2, Abby explores how those sensations can be put into formal writing.Read on »


Fieldwork notes on Mali, Part 1

Fieldwork notes on Mali, Part 1

Travellers know intuitively how different places feel, but how do we explain these sensations to others? Abby explores her sensory experiences during a four month long study abroad trip in Mali.Read on »