Affiliated Faculty


Ned Blackhawk
Professor, American Studies and History

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).

(photo credit: Derek Jennings)


Christopher J. Cutter, PhD

Dr. Cutter is a clinician researcher whose focus is on evidence-based therapeutic interventions associated with substance abuse and chronic pain. He serves as a research supervisor and course instructor for the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, including the section of General Medicine (Primary Care), and Division of Substance Abuse. He precepts Yale School of Medicine psychiatry and psychology fellows on the application of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches to chronic pain and opiate dependence. Dr. Cutter currently serves as the component director of the Medical Research Unit (MRU), and clinic director of the Pain Treatment Services at the APT Foundation.


Margaret P. Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Moss received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center in 2000 and subsequently received a distinguished alumni award in 2002. She is one of only 16 doctorally-prepared American Indian nurses in the country and the only one to focus solely on aging. Dr. Moss is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation. Dr. Moss is Hidatsa with equal lineage in the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe. She completed a two-year post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Colorado’s Native Elder Research Center, a resource center for minority aging research.  Concurrently, she entered and completed law school and received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, Saint Paul, Minn. She is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. In 2008-2009, Dr. Moss was named a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and staffed the Senate Special Committee on Aging under the ranking Senators Martinez and then Corker. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2008. Dr. Moss’ phenomena of interest include aging (long-term care, functional disability and related policy) and health disparity. Her population of interest is largely American Indians with a special focus on reservation based research. And finally methods have included: Ethnography, Geographical Information Science, and Survey work.