US pre-1900, 2019

Research Interests

Longue durée U.S. history; Black and Indigenous studies; settler colonialism and slavery; Louisiana and the Atlantic world; subaltern studies, postcolonialism, and ecocriticism; historical trauma, state violence, and genocide; human rights and the history of the present; critical theory 


Leila K. Blackbird (Apache/ᏣᎳᎩ) is the Pozen Family Human Rights Doctoral Fellow of U.S. History at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on (post/de)colonialism, slavery, state violence, and the environment. In addition to the Pozen Center, Leila is affiliated with the Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) and the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.