Jen Shannon is Curator & Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology. Principles that guide her research include reciprocity and relevance, and a commitment to facilitating and disseminating more diverse and inclusive understandings of history and contemporary lives, particularly through collaboration with indigenous peoples. Her research includes connecting Native Nations to museum collections through repatriation consultations, co-directed research projects and exhibits, digitizing tangible and intangible heritage, the development of online access to collections, and oral history projects. She has worked with diverse indigenous peoples, from Chicago to Nunavut to Taiwan; most recently with the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation. She is a consultant to the National Museum of the American Indian, a co-host of SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human, and author of Our Lives: Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian (SAR Press, 2014).
Collaborative Anthropology, Public 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, Video and Podcasting, Ethnohistory, Native North America and Caribbean