Catherine Reiland

Position title: Assistant Vice Provost / Director, Wisconsin Idea Seminar


Studio portrait of Catherine Reiland, Wisconsin Idea Seminar director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Wisconsin Idea Seminar

Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

Areas of Responsibility

Catherine Reiland designs and implements the annual Wisconsin Idea Seminar, a long-standing faculty and staff development program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Wisconsin Idea has informed, inspired and mobilized much of her work on campus, and for over a decade, she has directed programming that celebrates and forwards the valuable contributions the University of Wisconsin makes to local communities and the world. Reiland is attentive to the deep legacy of the Wisconsin Idea and continually seeks out collaborative ways to facilitate the exchange of ideas between people on and off campus.

Catherine also manages the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grants process.


Reiland is a UW-Madison alumna with a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University.

Academic/Research Areas
Tourist productions, visual cultures, photography, performance studies, museum studies, and memory