Jenny L. Davis

Indigenous Anthropologist, Activist, Sleep Enthusiast, Nerd


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I’m an associate professor of Anthropology,  American Indian Studiesand Gender and Women’s Studies and the Director of AIS at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research and activism center around collaborative models of research; endangered language revitalization;  the Two-Spirit identity and community, and NAGPRA and the repatriation of collections from Native communities.

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

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.