Jennifer Jenkins

Professor, English, SBS

Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center, SBS

Jennifer Jenkins holds advanced degrees in American literatures and cultures and Information Science. Her work focuses on the history of the non-theatrical moving image in the Southwest and Mexico. Curatorial work includes the Puro Mexicano Tucson Film Festival, and exhibits at the Arizona Historical Society and the UA Museum of Art. She is the founder of Home Movie Day Tucson, and is developing the Tombstone Home Movie Project as part of an archive of amateur and locally-made films of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. In 2011 she brought a digital archive of over 450 films by and about Native peoples of the Americas to UA. This project is actively engaged in Tribesourcing: reinterpreting midcentury educational and industrial films through recording alternate Native narrations and culturally competent metadata from within Native communities. This project was awarded a 2017 NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant. As director of the Bear Canyon Center for Southwest Humanities, she works to preserve and disseminate the arts, literatures, and visual cultures of the region.


  • MLIS, Archival Studies, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. Literature, University of Arizona
  • A.M., Literature, University of Chicago
  • B.A. Honors, University of Arizona