Liza Black

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Assistant Professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies

Visiting Scholar, UCLA, Institute of American Cultures and American Indian Studies Center

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Full Biography

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Professor Black is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and teaches and writes on American Indian history. Her first book, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960, argues that mid-century films served as a space where Native people inhabited representations of themselves while also using the space for economic survivance. Her second book, How to Get Away With Murder, is a transnational history of the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. One of the book's chapters addresses the life of Savanna Greywind and will appear in the edited volume, Gender and the American West, with Routledge in 2021.

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Arts & Humanities Grant at Indiana University
  • 2021 Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University Individual Research Award
  • 2021 UCLA, Visiting Scholar, Institute for American Culture and American Indian Studies Center
  • 2021 Trustee's Teaching Award


  • Ph.D., History, University of Washington
  • M.A., History, University of Washington
  • B.A., History, University California Santa Cruz with Honors

Courses Taught

  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Introduction to Native American History: Pre-Colonial to the Present
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • Independent Readings in Native Environmental Studies
  • Grad Seminar in Native American History
  • Grad Seminar in Native American Studies


  • How to Get Away With Murder: A History of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (2026)
  • Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960 (2020)
  • “Native Mother, Native Daughter: The Murder of Savanna Greywind and the Abduction of Haisley Jo Greywind” in Susan Bernardin, ed., Gender and the American West (New York: Routledge, 2021)
  • The Exiles: Native Survivance & Urban Space in Downtown Los Angeles,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 42 (2018): 155-182.
  • co-editor with Nicholas Rosenthal, “Representing Native Peoples: Native Narratives of Indigenous History and Culture” special edition of American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 42 (2018): 1-10.