Autumn Asher BlackDeer, MSW, PhD candidate

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Autumn Asher BlackDeer is a queer decolonial scholar from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation whose work seeks to illuminate the impact of structural violence on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. BlackDeer centers Indigenous voices throughout her research by using quantitative approaches and big data as tools for responsible storytelling. Her dissertation investigates manifestations of structural violence through Alaska Native mothers’ experiences of interpersonal violence, including family, partner, and community levels of violence, in addition to mental health, substance use, and maternal-child health outcomes. Autumn is a strong proponent for American Indian higher education, advocate for survivors of sexual violence, and is committed to decolonizing the academy and achieving equity across Indian Country.

Autumn is a doctoral fellow for the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program (CSWE MFP), a Buder fellow for the Brown School of Social Work’s Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and a Chancellor’s Fellow for Washington University in St. Louis’ Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program.  Autumn is the lead research assistant for the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment’s Community Engagement Core and a member of the Buder Research Team. Autumn cofounded the BIPOC PhD Collective for doctoral students of color within the Brown School and has also served the university as a board member of the University Sexual Assault Investigation Board and as the doctoral student representative for the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.



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Updated October 2021