Shannon Lee Dawdy (rhymes with ‘bawdy’) is a trained archaeologist, anthropologist, and historian. She received her PhD in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan in 2003. Born and raised in rural California, she has also lived in Spain, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mexico.

Dawdy is best known for her archaeological work in the French Quarter of New Orleans and for her writing on the American experience. In 2010, she was made a MacArthur Fellow.