Jen Shannon is Curator & Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Colorado – Boulder. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork as well as collections research, works on exhibits and collaborative projects in the museum, and teaches courses in the Museum and Field Studies program and in the Department of Anthropology. Her research is both the anthropology of museums and a critical museology that focuses on collaborative practice and connecting tribes to museum collections through NAGPRA consultations, co-directed research projects and exhibits, digitizing tangible and intangible heritage, the development of online access to collections, and oral history and video documentary projects. Through her research and professional work she has had the opportunity to work with diverse indigenous peoples from North America to the Caribbean to Taiwan.
Collaborative Anthropology, Anthropology of Museums, Critical Museology, Indigenous Rights and Representation, Contemporary Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism, Anthropology of Media and Cultural Production, Ethics and Collaborative Methodologies, NAGPRA and Repatriation, Collaborative Collections Research and Exhibit Making, Digital Cultural Heritage, Ethnohistory, Native North America and Caribbean