- Curator of Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage 2014 -
Mary S. Linn is a linguist. Her primary research is in effective grassroots strategies in language reclamation and cultural sustainability, especially in small and minoritized language communities. Her work focused with people in Native North America, especially Oklahoma, in Europe, and in Tibetan areas of China. She is director of the Language Vitality Initiative that focuses on collaborative language research, training communities in language and cultural documentation, and evaluating impact of grassroots language revitalization efforts.