Virginia "Jena" McLaurin






Indigenous film, digital media, Indigenous identities, stereotypes, Indigenous futurism



Degrees Earned

B.S., Anthropology, Emory University 2010

MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012

Virginia McLaurin is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in Indigenous media and stereotypical Indigenous imagery.  She received a Bachelor's degree from Emory University in 2010, and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies.

Her previous publications include her thesis “Stereotypes of Contemporary Native American Indian Characters in Recent Popular Media", “Pushing the Boundaries: An Interview with Two New England Native Artists", and the book review “Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media, edited by Pepita Hesselberth and Maria Poulaki", as well as articles in LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Scial Sciences and the Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage.

Virginia is currently researching the creation of Indigenous community web sites and Indigenous digital media production in the Northeastern United States.  She is also finalizing a co-written book on worldwide dragon mythology with Dr. Jean Forward and Rachel Keeffe.



Jean Forward


Virginia "Jena"