Leila Blackbird 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, and she is currently a Research Assistant at the American Historical Review (AHR). She 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.