My research interests include American Indian history and northern Native American removal as well as the American West and Borderlands with focus on nineteenth-century settler colonialism and its inherent violence and contests over place, indigeneity, and belonging.

  • U.S History/American Indian History

MA Title:

  • "Contested Place: The Menominee Warriors Society, Native and Non-Native Placemaking, and Identity Construction in Rural Wisconsin, 1975."

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "'We Know We Will Suffer': Removals and Returns of the Rock River Ho-Chunk in Early-Nineteenth-Century Western Great Lakes."


  • BA: 2003, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Selected Publications:

  • “Mr. Indigenous Goes to Washington: Making Indian Law and Policy in the Twentieth Century.” Review Essay of Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory, by Christian W. McMillen and Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity, by J. Kehaulani Kauanui. American Quarterly, 64, no. 1, (March 2012): 153-161.

  • “Linking Landscape, Place, and Identity: Edgerton’s Agricultural Heritage and Wisconsin’s Tobacco Past,” Edgerton Reporter (Tobacco Days, Special Issue), July 2007.

  • “Where is John Wayne?” The Menominee Warriors Society, Indian Militancy, and Social Unrest During the Alexian Brothers Novitiate Takeover,” American Indian Quarterly, 26, no. 4 (2002):


  • Baensch Prize in Wisconsin History, University of Wisconsin, 2008.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Western History Association
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • American Association of University Women

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • American Indian History

  • History of the American West to 1850

  • Wisconsin History

  • United States History, Colonial Period to 1877

  • United States History, 1877 to Present

  • Historical Perspectives (Late-Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century World History)

  • The Native American Experience, (Ethnic Studies)

Libby Tronnes

Libby Tronnes

Susan L. Johnson

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)