Jenny L. Davis

Indigenous Anthropologist, Activist, Sleep Enthusiast, Nerd


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I’m a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and hail from NE Oklahoma (the part with hills, water, and trees).

I’m an assistant professor of Anthropology  and affiliate faculty in American Indian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Both my research and activism center around endangered language revitalization; language and digital domains; and the Two-Spirit community.

Before joining the faculty at UIUC, I earned a PhD in Linguistics in 2013 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I was the Henry Roe Cloud Fellow in American Indian Studies at  Yale University in 2011-2012 and the Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Kentucky in 2013-2014.