Lauren Jakobsson

HROB Project Analyst
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Lauren Jakobsson is leading an effort to discover human remains owned by Princeton University, both on- and off-campus, and combine multiple databases to catalogue their existence and provenance.

Lauren graduated in 2019 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. Following graduation, she served a yearlong Americorps term with the National Park Service as the archaeological intern at Tonto National Monument in AZ. During this experience, she became interested in pursuing the ethical treatment of human remains in anthropology/archaeology, particularly in the application of the Native American Graves, Protection, and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).  To better understand the context that surrounds this federal mandate as well as the historical basis of the relationship between Tribal governments and the United States, Lauren attended the University of Oklahoma, College of Law and received her Master of Legal Studies in Native American and Indigenous Peoples Law. In 2023, Lauren served as the NAGPRA Fellow for Preservation Virginia, a small historic institution, where she located, catalogued, and rehoused all Indigenous artifacts according to NAGPRA guidelines. Now, here at Princeton, she is determined fulfill the role of HROB Project Analyst with the reverence that the project requires.