Experts in Social Issues — Immigration

Louise Cainkar, Associate Professor

Louise CainkarSocial and Cultural Sciences

Expertise: Muslims, Muslims in the U.S., Arab Americans, Immigrants, US Immigration Policy, Islamophobia

Office Phone: (414) 288-5714
Home Phone: (773) 561-7260
Mobile Phone: (773) 218-0798


Alison Efford, Associate Professor

Alison EffordHistory Department

Expertise: History of the Republican Party in Wisconsin up to 1924; Milwaukee history; history of migration, especially German immigration to the U.S.; the U.S. Civil War era; United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Office Phone: (414) 288-7817


Edward Fallone, Associate Professor

Edward FalloneLaw School

Expertise: Corporate and Business Law, Corporate Crimes, Immigration Law and Policy, Legal Education, Securities Regulation

Office Phone: (414) 288-5360


Dr. Sergio González, Assistant Professor

Sergio Gonzalez


Expertise: Immigration; Latino community formation; Latino communities in the Midwest; religion and social movements; labor and migration.

(414) 288-7506



Giordana Poggioli-Kaftan, Teaching Associate Professor of Italian

Giordana Poggioli-KaftanDepartment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Expertise: Italy as a nation and the Italian language; Marginalization of classes of people (notably: women, Jews, Italian Southerners); Exclusionary and marginalization rhetoric and the resistance efforts to it; Italian 19th and 20th centuries products promising modernity.

Media type: Print, TV and radio

Julissa Ventura, Assistant Professor

Julissa VenturaDepartment of Educational Policy & Leadership

Expertise: K-12: Experiences of Latinx Students; Experiences of immigrant students and families; Student Voice and Leadership / Community-based education: The role and impact of community educators; Power of Educational Spaces outside of schools

Office Phone: (414) 288-5992