Experts in Social Issues — Multiculturalism

Alan Burkard, Chair/Professor

Alan BurkardCounselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Expertise: School Counseling Programs in K-12 schools, Academic and Career and Personal-social Concerns, Cultural Issues in Counseling and Clinical Supervision, Program Evaluation and Reform of School Counseling Programs

Office Phone: (414) 288-3434


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


Sharon Chubbuck, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Sharon ChubbuckEducational Policy and Leadership

Expertise: Multicultural Education, Critical Literacy, Secondary Language Arts in Multicultural Settings, Teaching for Social Justice, Peace Education/Non-violence

Office Phone: (414) 288-5895
Home Phone: (414) 774-1052
Mobile Phone: (414) 378-0250


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


Paul Finkelman, Robert F. Boden Visiting Professor of Law

Paul FinkelmanLaw School

Expertise: Race and law; U.S. Constitution (History, 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment), Civil Rights, Immigration, Citizenship; Baseball and law; Slavery, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War; Founding fathers (especially Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and John Marshall); History of the Supreme Court; Supreme Court decisions and emerging ethics issues; Issues of slavery, reparations, and diversity; Bubonic plague and pandemics in historical perspective.

Cell Phone: (518) 605-0296

Melissa Gibson, Assistant Professor

Melissa GibsonCollege of Education

Expertise: Social studies, history, and civic education; teacher education; racism and anti-racism in schooling; democratic schooling; history of U.S. education; diverse school communities

Office Phone: (414) 288-1421


Heather Hathaway, Associate Dean

Heather  HathawayKlingler College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise: African American Language, Ethnic American Language, Immigration Literature, Multiculturalism

Office Phone: (414) 288-3478


Patrick Johnson, Director of Student Media

Patrick JohnsonDiederich College of Communication

Expertise: news literacy: civic engagement, learning, purpose and practice; media literacy, equity, and justice; journalism: practice, education, ethics; education: curriculum and instruction, pedagogy, equity and justice; political communication: campaigns, coverage, analysis; children, adolescents, and media: cognitive science, representation, learning; sexuality and media: LGBTQ+ issues, knowledge production, sex media; horror studies: film, cognitive response

Media type: Print, T.V. and radio
Office phone: 414-288-5068

Chima Korieh, Associate Professor

Chima KoriehHistory Department

Expertise: Africa, West Africa, Nigeria

Office Phone: (414) 288-3563
Mobile Phone: (856) 520-0101


Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., Assistant Professor

Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J.Educational Policy and Leadership
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Expertise: Education and Social Issues, English Language Learners, Second Language Acquisitions, Immigrant Learners

Office Phone: (414) 288-7380
Home Phone: (414) 288-5051
Mobile Phone: (414) 208-8480


Jodi Melamed, Associate Professor

Jodi MelamedEnglish Department

Expertise: Race; Racism and Anti-Racism; Varieties and Histories of Concepts and Institutional Formations; American Literature and Culture after World War I; Culture and Politics; Culture and Globalization; U.S. Social and Civil Rights Movements after WWI

Office Phone: (414) 288-7612


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

Mark George Thiel, Archivist Emeritus

Mark George ThielLibraries/Special Collections and Archives

Expertise: Catholic Missions to Native Americans in North and Latin America, Catholic Missions to Native Americans in North and Latin America

Home Phone: (262) 521-9270