University of Wisconsin–Madison

Libby Tronnes

Advisor: Susan L. Johnson
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Libby Tronnes


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.


B.A., 2003, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


  • 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.”

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)