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Jean Dennison

Associate Professor, American Indian Studies; Co-Director, Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Jean Dennison

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Jean Dennison is a citizen of the Osage Nation and an Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Washington. Her book Colonial Entanglement: Constituting a Twenty-First-Century Osage Nation (UNC Press 2012) speaks directly to national revitalization, one of the most pressing issues facing American Indians today. She has also published widely, including pieces in Visual Anthropology, PoLAR, American Indian Quarterly, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Jean’s current research uses grounded ethnographic methods to study various accountability practices as they manifest throughout the current Osage Nation government. The primary goal of her academic endeavor is to explore how indigenous peoples negotiate and contest the ongoing settler colonial process in areas such as citizenship, governance, and sovereignty.