Ned Blackhawk

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Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies
On Leave: 
Fall 2024
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Fields of interest: 

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 Receivin​g 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
Indigenous Peoples