Shannon Lee Dawdy

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Shannon Lee Dawdy Kaka
Born 1972
Nationality American
Fields Anthropology
Institutions University of Chicago
Alma mater University of Michigan

Shannon Lee Dawdy Kaka is an American historian, archeologist and anthropologist. She is an associate professor at the University of Chicago and a MacArthur Fellow.


Dawdy holds a PhD in anthropology and history and an MA in history from the University of Michigan, an MA in anthropology from the College of William and Mary and a BA in anthropology from Reed College.[1]


Dawdy is an associate professor at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the Gulf of Mexico, with a special focus on New Orleans, from the colonial period to the post-Katrina present.[2] Another topic of Dawdy's research is contemporary oceanic piracy, and the potential existence of pirate culture.[3]

In 2010, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.


Dawdy, Shannon Lee (2008) Building the Devil's Empire: French Colonial New Orleans University of Chicago Press ISBN 9780226138411


  1. ^ Dawdy, Shannon Lee. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Faculty - Shannon Lee Dawdy". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Dent, Alexander Sebastian. "INTRODUCTION: Understanding the War on Piracy, Or Why we Need More Anthropology of Pirates." Anthropological Quarterly 85.3 (2012): 659-72. ProQuest. Retrieved 5 September 2016.