Leila K. Blackbird (unenrolled adoptee of Apache and Cherokee descent) is the Pozen Family Human Rights Doctoral Fellow in History at the University of Chicago.

Her dissertation, entitled The Middle Ground was a Shatter Zone: Settler Colonialism and Slavery on the Third Coast, centers enslaved Native and Black-Native people, especially women and children, at the core of U.S. history. 

In addition to the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Leila is affiliated with the Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Johns Hopkins Center for Africana Studies, and the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.

She is currently a Research Assistant with The American Historical Review and the author of upcoming chapters in What is History, Now? and Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Afro-Indigeneity and Community.

Leila holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in History from the University of New Orleans and an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago.

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