Dr. Jennifer Kramer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and a Curator of the Pacific Northwest at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Columbia University.
As a collaborative and critical museologist, Dr. Kramer works in partnership with Indigenous communities to create ethnographic writing, exhibitions, and digital resources that try to feel true to self-representation, but at the same time be aware and reflexive of histories, structural inequalities and contemporary politics. Dr. Kramer is the author of several books on Northwest Coast art and culture. Switchbacks: Art, Ownership, and Nuxalk National Identity (UBC Press, 2006) traces Nuxalk discourses about the display and commodification of their art inside and outside of Bella Coola, BC. Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (Douglas & McIntyre Press, 2012) is a biography of a ground-breaking and innovative Kwakwaka’wakw artist. Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas – (co-edited with Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Ki-ke-in (Ron Hamilton) is an anthology of writings about Northwest Coast art with contributors from art history, anthropology, legal experts, artists and holders of traditional Indigenous knowledge and is forthcoming in the summer of 2013.