Curriculum Vitae

UW Madison – Department of History
3211 George Mosse Humanities Bldg.
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706

Department Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:45 am – 4:30 pm

Phone: 608.263.1800
Fax: 608.263.5302

Short Bio:

Matt Villeneuve (Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent) is Assistant Professor of U.S. History and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in American Indian History, Native education, and environmental history. His research focuses on Native histories of education and schooling. His current book project, Instrumental Indians: John Dewey and the Problem of the Frontier, 1884-1959, is an intellectual history of America’s most prominent philosopher of education and democracy and his relationship to the anti-democratic nature of federal Indian schooling.


University of Michigan
(2015 – 2021)
Ph.D in History

University of Chicago
(2013 – 2014)
M.A. in Social Science

University of Oregon
B.A. in History and Philosophy


Meredith McCoy and Matthew Villeneuve, “Reconceiving Schooling: Centering Indigenous Experimentation in Indian Education History,” History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 60, No 4. (November 2020): 487-519.

“The Patos Island Lighthouse: A Social History of the Maritime Borderland, 1893-1951.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 108, No. 4 (Fall 2017): 134-150.

“’The Job Was Big and the Man Doing It Was Still Bigger:’ The Forgotten Role of Thomas B. Watters in Klamath Termination, 1953–1958.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 116 (1): 40–67.


AIS 450: Sovereignty and the Schoolhouse

HIST 460: American Environmental History

HIST 490: American Indian History