Aaron Luedtke


I am a cultural historian of the early United States.  I am primarily focused on the intercultural relations between Indigenous groups and the various peoples of European descent that inhabited the Great Lakes region, particularly in the nineteenth century.

My dissertation will focus on memory and cultural continuity both over space and time.  I explore the birth and early development of Chicago within the changing environment of the southern Great Lakes throughout the nineteenth century.  I seek to understand the various and contesting sources of Indigenous identity during periods of land cession and removal.

I am currently serving as the president of Michigan State University’s Graduate History Association.

I am also co-producing and co-hosting a podcast that should air late 2016 to early 2017.

While working on my MA at Lehigh University, I received a multi-year fellowship to research and produce a documentary film and a website that explores the evolution of the black student voice on Lehigh’s campus, especially in the midst of racial tension.  This documentary is near completion and will be released in the coming months.

To learn more about that project, visit engineeringequality.cas2.lehigh.edu

Teaching Experience:

ISS 325: War and Revolutions – Teaching Assistant

HST 202: US to 1876 – Teaching Assistant

IAH 201: US and the World – Teaching Assistant

IAH 202: Europe and the World – Teaching Assistant

Luedtke – Curriculum Vitae


Year in Program: 2

Adviser: Dr. Susan Sleeper-Smith

Fields of Interest: American History, Ethnohistory, Religion, Native American Studies, History of Memory, The Early American Republic

Office: Old Horticulture, 317

Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30-3:30

Education: M.A., Lehigh University (2015), B.A., Honors College at Eastern Michigan University (2013)

Email: luedtkea@msu.edu