Ned Blackhawk

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Prof History and American Studies (Leave of absence, Fall 2014)
Office: 
ES L-01
Phone: 
203-432-8530
Field(s) of interest: 
U.S.: Native American history & Native American law


Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) is a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale and was on the faculty from 1999 to 2009 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in History from UCLA and the University of Washington and is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the early American West (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin that garnered half a dozen professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.

In addition to serving in professional associations and on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Ethnohistory, Professor Blackhawk has led the establishment of two fellowships, one for American Indian Students to attend the Western History Association’s annual conference, the other for doctoral students working on American Indian Studies dissertations at Yale named after Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago, Class of 1910).

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. in History, University of Washington, 1999
  • Master’s Degree in History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts in Honours History, McGill University, 1992

Select Grants and Honors (Since Receiving Ph.d.)

  • Book of the Decade Award, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), for “one of the ten most influential books in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the first decade of the twenty-first century” 2011
  • Diverse Magazine’s Under 40 Emerging Scholar Award 2009
  • John C. Ewers Award for the best book on North American Indian Ethnohistory, Western History Association 2008
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the most significant first book in American History, Organization of American Historians 2007
  • Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize for the best book of the year, the American Society for Ethnohistory 2007
  • William P. Clements Prize for the best non-fiction book on                                             Southwestern America for 2006, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University 2007
  • Robert M. Utley Award for the best book on the military history of the                                    American Frontier, Western History Association 2007
  • Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association 2007
  • Faculty Guest Coach Program, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, UW Madison 2006
  • Summer Research Service Grant, Provost’s Office, UW Madison 2005
  • Institute on Race and Ethnicity Campus Reading Award, UW Institute on Race and Ethnicity 2005
  • Outstanding Mentor Award, The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2005
  • Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University 2004
  • Postdoctoral Award, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship                                                Program, National Research Council 2001

Select Editorial Positions and Service in Professional Associations

  • Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize Committee, American Society for Ethnohistory 2011
  • American Indian Advisory Board, Utah Museum of Natural History “Native Voices” Permanent Exhibition Design Team 2011
  • Series Co-Editor, Henry Roe Cloud Series on American Indians and Modernity, Yale University Press (founding editor in Fall 2010) 2011
  • Series Co-Editor, Cambridge Studies in North American Indian History, Cambridge University Press 2010-present
  • Frederick Douglas Prize Committee, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University Faculty Representative 2010
  • Humanities Grant Panel Review, National Endowment for the Humanities 2010
  • American Indian Advisory Board-Museum Design Team, Utah Museum of Natural History 2010
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians 2010
  • John Ewers Prize Committee, Western History Association 2010
  • Editorial Board, Ethnohistory, the American Society for Ethnohistory 2008-present
  • Advisory Board, American Quarterly, American Studies Association 2007-present
  • Program Committee, Western History Association 2008 Conference 2007
  • Gibson Award Committee 2004, Western History Association (Best Article of the Year in North American Indian History). 3-year appointment, 2004-06, Chair ‘06
  • Conference Program Committee Member, “American Studies and the Question of Empire: Histories, Cultures and Practices,” American Studies Association, 1998

Bibliography: Articles, Chapters, Books, and Essays

  • “Visualizing the Violent Spread of Equestrianism: Revisiting the Segesser Hide Paintings,” in Recreating America, edited by Julianna Barr and Edward Countryman in Commemoration of the Scholarly Influences of David J. Weber (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press) forthcoming
  • “Currents in North American Indian Historiography,” Western Historical Quarterly, 50th Anniversary Special Issue, “The WHA at Fifty: Essays on the State of Western History Scholarship,” 42 (Autumn 2011): 319-324 2011
  • “Violence over the Great Basin: An Interview with Ned Blackhawk,” in Deborah and Jon Lawrence, eds., Violent Encounters: Interviews on Western Massacres (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), 161-179 2011
  • “American Indians and the Study of U.S. History,” in American History Now, co-edited for the American Historical Association by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011), 378-401 2011
  • History of Native America (Prince Fredrick, MD: Recorded Books) 14-lecture DVD audio course with 114-page study guide 2010
  • “Forum Essay on Brian Delay’s War of A Thousand Deserts,” Society for the Study of the Early Republic (SHEAR) online forum, Nov. 16th, 2010
  • “Contradictions in Indian Art: Contemporary Native American Arts and the National Museum of the American Indian,” American Quarterly 62: 2 (June 2010), 387-394
  • “‘Dey Take Indian For Slave’: Visions of Enslavement in Marcus Rediker’s The Slave Ship and Barry Unsworth’s Sacred Hunger,” Atlantic Studies 7: 1 (March 2010), 27-32 (part of “Colloquoy with Marcus Rediker on The Slave Ship: A Human History,” edited by Dennis Moore) 2010
  • “Recasting the Narrative of America: The Rewards and Challenges of Teaching American Indian History,” in Gary J. Kornblith and Carol Lasser, eds., Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from the Journal of American History, 2001-2007 (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009), 217-223 (originally published in The Journal of American History, Textbooks and Teaching Forum, March 2007,1165-1170) 2009
  • “The Primacy of Violence in Great Basin Indian History,” in Journal of West, Special Issue on Native American History, 46: 4 (Fall 2007), 10-17 2007
  • Between Empires: American Indians in the West during the Age of Empire, Guest Editor, Special Issue, Ethnohistory, Volume 54, Number 4, Fall 2007 (5 compiled articles, introduction, and guest commentary) 2007
  • “Swiftly Moving Currents: American Indian History and the Changing Complexity of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” Introduction, Between Empires: Indians in the American West during the Age of Empire, Special Issue of Ethnohistory 54:4 (Fall 2007), 583-589 2007
  • “The Displacement of Violence: Ute Diplomacy and the Making of New Mexico’s Eighteenth-Century Northern Borderlands,” in Between Empires: Indians in the American West during the Age of Empire, Special Issue of Ethnohistory 54:4 (Fall 2007), 723-755 2007
  • “Native American Reversal of Fortune: American Indian Colonialism and Its Aftermath,” Review Essay of Charles Wilkinson, Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2005) and Paige Raibmon, Authentic Indians: Episodes of Encounter from the Late-Nineteenth Century Northwest Coast (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005), American Quarterly 59. 1 (March 2007), 211-218 2007
  • Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West 2006 (Harvard University Press, 2006; reprint 2007; paperback 2008; Kindle 2010)
    • 2008 John C. Ewers Award, Western History Association
    • 2007 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians
    • 2007 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, the American Society for Ethnohistory
    • 2007 Robert M. Utley Award, Western History Association
    • 2007 Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association
    • 2006 Clements Prize for the best nonfiction book of the year on Southwestern America, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University
  • “The Road to a New Era of American Indian Autonomy,” History Now, Special Issue on Western American History, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2006
  • “Look How Far We’ve Come: How American Indian History Changed the Study of U.S. History in the 1990s,” Organization of American Historians’ Magazine of History, Special Issue on “The American West,” Clyde Milner and Anne Butler, eds., Volume 19:6, November 2005, 13-17 2005
  • “Confronting Indian Imagery in America: Resisting the Misrepresentation of American Indians, A Personal Story,” in Simon Ortiz, ed. Beyond the Reach of Time and Change: Native American Reflections on the Frank A. Rinehart Photograph Collection (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, Volume 53 in the Sun Tracks Series of American Indian Literary Voices), 27-31 2005
  • The Shoshone, Nonfiction Children’s Book in the Indian Nations Tribal History Series, Herman Viola, Senior Ed., (Austin: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers) 2000
  • “Julian Steward and the Politics of Representation” in Richard O. Clemmer, L. Daniel Myers, and Elizabeth Rudden, eds., Julian Steward and the Great Basin: The Making of an Anthropologist (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press), 181-201; previously published as “Julian Steward and the Politics of Representations: A Critique of Anthropologist Julian Steward’s Ethnographic Portrayals of the American Indians of the Great Basin,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 21:2 (July, 1997): 61-80 1999
  • “‘I Can Carry on from Here’: The Relocation of American Indians to Los Angeles,” Wicazo Sa Review: Journal of Native American Studies XI: 2 (Fall 1995): 16-30

Reference Works

  • Navajo-Ute Trade Blanket Entry in Cécile R. Ganteaume, ed., Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Press, 2010)
  • “The Ute Conflict,” 500-word Ute entry in Dee Brown’s, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: The Illustrated Edition: An Indian History of the American West (Sterling, 2009)
  • “Native Americans and the West: Introduction to the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana at the Newberry Library,” Adam Matthew Digital Publications (4,000 words) 2008
  • Opechancanough (750-word entry) in Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty, Donald L. Fixico, editor (ABC-CLIO, 2007)
  • Foreword, Encyclopedia of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, eds. Elin Woodger and Brandon Toporov (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2004), xi-xii
  • 17 entries on American Indian history and law in Dictionary of American History, 3rd. Edition, Stanley Kutler, general editor (New York: Scribners, 2003)
  • Native Americans of North America: “History” Section, 2003 Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, (10,000 word entry and synthetic version of what will form the basis for current project, Surviving the American Conquest)
  • “Great Basin Regional Essay,” The Great Basin and Southwest, Volume 2, The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, (Detroit: Gale Research, 1998)

Book Reviews and Newspaper Columns

  • Book Review of Bray Delay, The War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008) in the Journal of Military History 2009
  • Book Review of Pekka Hamalainen, The Comanche Empire (New Haven: Yale 2008) in the New Mexico Historical Review. 2009
  • Book Review of Christian W. McMillen, Making Indian Law: The Haulapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007) in the Australasian Journal of American Studies 27:1 (July 2008), 122-125
  • “U.S. Must Return Land Seized in 1877 to Lakota,” February 28, 2007, Wire-Service of The Progressive, distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Services to over 400 U.S. and Canadian newspapers, picked up by a dozen regional papers
  • Book Review of James F. Brooks, Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002) in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal 28:1 (2004)
  • Book Review of Alan Taylor, American Colonies: The Settling of North America (New York: Penguin-Putnam Publishers, 2001) in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal 27:1 (2003) (Lead Review)
  • Book Review of Martha Knack, Boundaries Between: An Ethnohistory of the Southern Paiutes (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001) in the New Mexico Historical Review (Winter 2003)
  • Book Review of Donald Fixico, The Urban Indian Experience in America (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000) in the Pacific Historical Review (Spring 2002)
  • Book Review of Devon A. Mihesuah, ed., Natives and Academics: Researching and Writing About American Indians (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998) in the Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 1999)