Jean M. Dennison

Adjunct Associate Professor
Jean M. Dennison

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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2008
B.S., Visual Communications, Ohio University, 2002

Jean Dennison is a citizen of the Osage Nation and an Associate 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 American Ethnologist, 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.