Matthew S. Makley

Professor and Chair


Matthew S. Makley






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History Native American Issues


  • Modern U.S. history
  • U.S. history
  • U.S. West
  • Indigenous history
  • Native American history


Matthew S. Makley, Ph.D., is a professor and chair in the Department of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include modern U.S. history, U.S. history, U.S. West, Indigenous history and Native American history.

Makley has been teaching at MSU Denver for over 10 years. He also taught courses at Arizona State University while earning his doctorate. He received the prestigious 2016 Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award for Tenured Faculty and a Teaching Excellence award in 2017.

Makley published a book titled “The Small Shall be Strong: A History of Lake” that was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2018. He also co-authored the book, “Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts and a Washoe Indian Sacred Site,” which was published by the University of Nevada Press in 2010 and has a current manuscript titled, “The Small Shall be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians,” that is being published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He also helped produce a short documentary about an Iris farm and its relationship with water in Boulder, Colorado called “Long’s Gardens: An Urban Oasis.”

Makley received his doctorate and master’s in history specializing in Native American history, and the history of the American West from California State University and a bachelor’s in history from Humboldt University.

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