Julianne Jennings (Nottoway-E. Pequot) is an adjunct professor of anthropology. In 2005, she served as associate producer (RI location) for the Emmy Award winning PBS documentary, Mystic Voices: The Story of the Pequot War. She has co-authored several books and journal articles on Native Southern New England with Dr. Frank O'Brien, A Cultural History of the Native People of Southern New England, Understanding Algonquian Indian Words and a children's book called, Succotash. In 2007, she received Eve Ensler’s Vagina Warrior Award presented by Rhode Island College for her outstanding advocacy against violence and sexual assault against Native American Women. In 2009, she received Special Congressional Recognition from the United States Senate for Cultural Enrichment as part of the Extraordinary Woman Award. In 2012, working as a contributing columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, she was placed on special assignment at the Vatican for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian Saint. Her article from Indian Country Today, Cherokee Freedmen: One Year Later, January 31, 2012 will be part of an anthology by academic publisher (Armand Colin, Paris, France). The publication is planned to be digitalized and available in 2014.
Focus: Native North America, Critical Race Theory, History of the Atlantic, American Indian Social Justice, Folk Art.