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Department of Anthropology

BA in Cultural Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2006
MA in Linguistic Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2011
PhD in Linguistic Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics, University of Arizona, 2018

Jessica Fae Nelson is a linguistic anthropologist whose work focuses on community-based language revitalization, indigeneity, language and social meaning, and race and racism. Her research interests also include gender and language, and film and videogame technologies. She has worked with the Pataxó Hãhãhãe of Bahia, Brazil, on the revitalization of their heritage language since 2009. She is also a Lakota language learner and was a Coordinating Producer of the Lakota Berenstain Bears (2011), a Lakota-language version of the popular children’s television series and co-production of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Lakota Language Consortium.




Jessica Nelson

Assistant Professor
AN 208

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