Matt Villeneuve

About me

Hello/Aaniin! My Name is Matt Villeneuve and I am an Assistant Professor of United States History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My particular research focus is on the history of Native education. I earned my PhD in history from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I studied in the fields of U.S. History since 1865, American Indian history, and environmental history. I presently teach courses on American Indian history, Native studies, and Indigenous education.

My scholarship is informed by my Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa descent. Currently, I am pursuing research on a number of projects at the intersection of progressive education and federal Indian boarding schools.


“Intelligent understanding of past history is to some extent a lever for moving the present into a certain kind of future.”

John Dewey