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Maggie (McKinley) Blackhawk (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) researches and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, federal Indian law, and legislation. Her recent projects examine the ways that American democracy can and should empower minorities, especially outside of traditional rights and courts-based frameworks. She is particularly interested in those formal legal institutions that empower minorities to govern and engage in lawmaking—petitioning, lobbying, distributed sovereignty, &c.—and how those institutions might be harnessed to better mitigate constitutional failures, like colonialism and slavery. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Cambridge University Press. Her empirical projects have been supported by the American Political Science Association, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, among others.
Along with Laura Edwards (Duke, History) and Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale, History & Economics), she is leading a multi-year project for the Tobin Project’s Institutions of Democracy Initiative on Rethinking the History of American Democracy. She also serves as President of the AALS section on Legislation and Law of the Political Process and as Senior Constitutional Advisor to the President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.