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.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is situated at Teejop (“the four lakes”) the ancestral territory of the Ho-Chunk Nation recognized by the United States in a September 15, 1832 treaty. To appreciate what this history means in the present, follow news like this, take a tour such as this, or enroll in one of these, and learn about the contemporary Native caretakers shaping the future of the people, lands, and waters of Wisconsin.