Sergio Gonzalez
Dr. Sergio GonzálezMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 203B

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(262) 227-1506
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor


Sergio M. González is an assistant professor of Latinx Studies in the Departments of History and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. A historian of twentieth-century U.S. immigration, labor, and religion, his scholarship focuses on the development of Latino communities in the U.S. Midwest. His first book, Mexicans in Wisconsin, offered a concise introductory history of Mexican settlement and community formation across the state. His current project, Strangers No Longer: Latino Belonging and Faith in 20th Century Wisconsin, explores the relationship between religiosity, Latino communities, and social justice movements in twentieth century Wisconsin.

González extends his academic scholarship into his service commitments by serving on the executive boards of organizations such as the Labor and Working Class History Association, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Wisconsin Labor History Society, and State of Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board. A scholar-activist at heart, has also served as a co-founder of and lead organizer for the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and as a board member of Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin’s largest and most active membership-based immigrant and worker justice organization.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison


Courses Taught

González teaches across a variety of departments and programs, including History; Languages, Literatures, Arts, & Culture; Latinx Studies; and the Honors Program. His courses focus on Latinx belonging and community formation, activism and civil rights movements, urban settlement, faith and religiosity, and the historical development of citizenship in the United States.

  • HISTORY 1701 – Citizenship and Belonging in America
  • HISTORY/FOLA 4931 – Introduction to Latinx Studies
  • HISTORY/FOLA 3200 – Latinx Social Movements

Research Interests

Current Scholarship: Dr. González is in the process of transitioning his dissertation, “‘I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me’: Latino Immigration, Religion, and Community Formation in Milwaukee, 1920-1990,” into a manuscript. He is excited to collaborate with scholars on an interdisciplinary endeavor, “Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest,” an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls consortium-funded project that examines the significance of Latinx efforts in building sustainable communities in both urban and small-town environments across the region. Dr. González also serves on the editorial board of Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects, a statewide, collaborative project exploring Wisconsin’s diverse, interconnected histories through objects.


  • U.S. immigration and labor history
  • Latinx studies
  • Religious studies
  • Working-class studies

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