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Dr. Jeffery Darensbourg

Fellow of the Center for Louisiana Studies, 2020-2025

Writer, public speaker, researcher, zinemaker, and provacateur Jeffery U. Darensbourg, Ph.D., is member of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. He is the founder and Editor-Who's-not-a-Chief of Bulbancha Is Still a Place: Indigenous Culture from New Orleans. Recently a writer and residence at Tulane University's A Studio in the Woods and a Monroe Fellow of New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane, Jeffery is working on a book length study of the Atakapa-Ishak of Southwest Louisiana.  

Some of Jeffery's Recent Work:

“Indigenous People of Louisiana and the Oil Industry: An Ishak Reflection,” ​blog post, Union of Concerned Scientists, October 2019.

With David Kaufman, “Ishak Words: Language Renewal Prospects for a Historic Gulf Coast Tribe.” In ​Languages in Louisiana: Culture and Community​. Dajko, N. and Walton S., eds. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2019.

“Traveling Light,”​​ Situate Magazine​ (June 2016). In the Media:
Featured Guest, ​We Got We, not BP Podcast,​ episode #2,​Another Gulf Is Possible, 11 May 2020.

In the Media

“Bulbancha” (interviewed by Joseph Makkos and Joseph Bienvenu),​​ No Good Poetry Podcast​ episode 77, September 2018.

Featured guest, ​People Rise Up! Climate Crisis Radio​, WHIV FM,​ 18 November 2019.