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University of Chicago
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Native American, Indigenous, settler colonialism, slavery, historical trauma, state violence, genocide, environmental racism, decolonization, postcolonialism
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About Me

Leila K. Blackbird (Mescalero Apache/Cherokee) is a Two-Spirit activist, writer, teacher, and new parent currently living in Shikaakwa, on the lands of the Three Fires Confederacy. She was born and raised in Bulbancha, on unceded Choctaw lands, where she completed a BA in History & French and an MA in International & Global History at the University of New Orleans. There, her research focused on the enslavement of Native and Black-Native people in lands now called the United States.

Leila is currently completing her PhD at the University of Chicago in the fields of Native American history, Atlantic history, and postcolonial thought, and she is a member of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). Before coming to Chicago, Leila was a history teacher, postgraduate researcher at the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, and consultant with Rutgers University’s Humanities Action Lab for their Initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice. That research is part of a traveling public history exhibit, Climates of Inequality, which will soon be in a city near you.

Recent Publications

Entwined Threads of Red and Black: The Hidden History of Indigenous Enslavement in Louisiana, 1699-1824

Standing Up on River Road: Activism in South Louisiana

Media Coverage
Country Focus
US; Louisiana; French, Spanish, & British Atlantic Worlds; US-Mexico Borderlands
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Genocide, Indigenous Peoples, Migration & Immigration, Race, Slavery