Dr. Lenore Grenoble Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Dr. Lenore Grenoble

Congratulations to Dr. Lenore Grenoble on her being awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on endangered languages!


Grenoble has been studying language endangerment for the last 20 years, specializing in Slavic and Arctic Indigenous languages. In 2017, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Guggenheim award will go towards supporting Grenoble’s research project on the relationship between language and well-being among Arctic Indigenous peoples in the face of rapidly changing social and environmental conditions, including urbanization and climate change.

“Linguists estimate that 50-90 percent of the world’s languages will be lost over the course of the next century due to a process called language shift, whereby speakers cease to use their mother tongue in favor of another language,” Grenoble said. “Receiving the Guggenheim is both recognition and validation of the importance of the project that I am working on.”

If you'd like to learn more about her work, here is an interview we recorded with Dr. Grenoble over the summer, in which she discusses that work. Enjoy!