Jennifer Green

Dr Jennifer Green

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section(s): Linguistics


Since the mid 1970s Jennifer Green has worked with Indigenous people in Central and Northern Australia documenting signed and spoken languages, oral histories, songs, and visual arts. She is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral research on sand stories pioneered methods for the recording and analysis of multimodal narrative practices and won the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in 2011. A current project is investigating diversity in Indigenous sign languages across Central and Northern Australia. Her publishing record is broad and interdisciplinary, and includes books published by Cambridge University Press and by Routledge, several dictionaries (Alyawarr, Anmatyerr) published by IAD Press, and many articles in linguistics and anthropology journals. She has worked as a consultant for the Central Land Council on Land Claims and Native Title claims and has been the recipient of several ARC grants and other postdoctoral awards. Along with others she was a CI on an ARC funded Linkage project Reintegrating Community Cultural Collections, and an editor (with Linda Barwick and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel) of Archival Returns Central Australia and beyond which won an award from the Australian Society of Archivists in 2020. The multimedia outputs from another ARC funded project investigating Western Desert speech styles and verbal arts were accepted for the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2021.




Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.