Zada Ballew


Advisor: Stephen Kantrowitz

Zada Ballew


I study the formation of modern Native America within and beyond the Great Lakes region. My current project chronicles a forgotten history of land claims and land acknowledgments involving my tribe, the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi), at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century.


M.A., U.S./North American History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2021
B.A., Economics and Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 2019


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • “‘The Indian Side of the Question’: Settling the Story of Potawatomi Removal in the Twentieth Century Midwest”

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  • Graduate Student Essay Prize, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE), 2022
  • Early Excellence Teaching Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2021
  • Kate Everest Levi Second-Year Paper Prize, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2021

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 109 – Who is an American? with Prof. Stephen Kantrowitz, Fall 2021
  • History 393 – Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1848-1877 with Prof. Stephen Kantrowitz, Spring 2022
  • History 460 – American Environmental History with Prof. William Cronon, Fall 2020
  • History 490 – American Indian History with Prof. Sasha Maria Suarez, Spring 2021