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)


Diana Onco-Ingyadet
Instructor, Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Dr. Diana Onco-Ingyadet is Navajo, Kiowa, and Comanche. Diana is of the Reed People Clan, and born for the Comanche Nation. Her maternal grandfather is of the Red Running into the Water Clan, and her paternal grandfather is of the Kiowa Nation. Dr. Onco-Ingyadet received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Indigenous Studies from Northern Arizona University. She received her master’s degree in Higher and Post-secondary Education from Arizona State University. Diana successfully defended her dissertation in December of 2019 in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Diana’s dissertation research focused on Native American/Alaska Native graduation rates and student affairs at a public university. 

Dr. Onco-Ingyadet will be teaching ER&M 379, Indigenous Cultures in a Global Context in Spring 2021.

(photo credit: Steven Toya)


Christopher J. Cutter, Ph.D.

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.


Jay Gitlin, Ph.D.

Jay Gitlin is Senior Lecturer in History at Yale University. He has been teaching at Yale since 1983. He first taught a seminar in Native American history at Yale in 1985-86 and taught the first lecture class on the subject several years later. He has been an advisor to the NACC since its founding and considers it one of his favorite places on campus. He was very honored to receive the ANAAY Friend of the Community Award in 2017 the same year his former student, Ashley Hemmers (’07, Mojave), received the ANAAY Distinguished Alumni Award. They both remembered when they had the idea many years earlier to have a Henry Roe Cloud celebration to bring the community together and give awards to hang on the walls. That worked out well! He earned his B.A. (Class of 71) and Ph.D. from Yale in History and his M.M. from the Yale School of Music in percussion. His first book, The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders, and American Expansion received the 2010 Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize.  His most recent book is Country Acres and Cul-de-Sacs (Wesleyan U.P., 2018) about the rebranding of Connecticut from 1938 to 1952. 


Alanna Hickey, Ph.D.

Alanna Hickey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Yale. Her research and teaching focuses on intersections between early American literatures, poetry and poetics, Native American and Indigenous studies, and settler colonial studies. She is currently revising a book manuscript that uncovers the central role of poetry in Native American expressive cultures before the Native American Renaissance of the 1960s. Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from Studies in American Indian Literatures, American Literary History, and the Iowa Review. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Before joining the English Department, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.