Dr. Robert S. Smith is the Harry G. John Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching & Outreach at Marquette University. His research and teaching interests include African American history, civil rights history, and exploring the intersections of race and law. Dr. Smith is the author ofRace, Labor & Civil Rights; Griggs v. Duke Power and the Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity.
Mr. Benjamin Linzy
Mr. Sam Harshner
Sam Harshner is the Assistant Director of CURTO and is an Adjuct Instructor of Political Science
Dr. Jennifer Fenton
Dr.Fentonis the Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, & Outreach. She also teaches courses in Professional Ethics and in EDI Program Development for the Public Service graduate program. Her research draws on the philosophic activism of Jane Addams as a resource for professional ethics, contemporary practice in public administration, nonprofit and organizational leadership, and workplace democracy. Her teaching, research, and program development all center around the guiding value of community-engaged scholarship where learning and research is based in responsive local partnerships with community experts
Graduate Student Interns
Tiara is a second-year law student working in partnership with All Voting is Local Wisconsin to research issues regarding voter suppression and student engagement with voting.
Education Prepardness Program Staff
Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio
Marisola is a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy and Carceral Studies Fellow at CURTO. Her academic research focuses on decolonial criticism of social systems, social identity, and moral psychology. She is the Associate Director of the Education Preparedness Program (EPP), a classroom-based model that brings currently and formerly incarcerated populations together with university faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to develop collaborative solutions to shared issues in social justice.
Dr. Theresa Tobin
Dr. Theresa Tobin is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Developlment. In addition she is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and is involved in the Education Prepardness Program (EPP).
Dr. Darren Wheelock
Dr. Darren Wheelock is an associate professor of Criminology and Law Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences. He serves as the Director for the Criminal Justice Data Analytics graduate program. He also serves as the faculty liaison for the EPP and is a member of the EPP Steering Committee. As the EPP faculty liaison. Dr. Wheelock helps recruit faculty to teach EPP blended courses and also helps prepare them to work with currently and formerly incarcerated students.
Black and Latino/a Ecosystem and Support Transition (BLEST) Staff
Saúl López is a first year PhD student in the College of Education. He is also a poet, storywriter, and essayist living in Milwaukee. He is bilingual, in both Spanish and English. He holds a B.A in Writing intensive English and an M.A in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Marquette. He is currently working with CURTO in creating a Black and Brown Male Education Hub. He is very excited to join the team and do great work in the city of Milwaukee.
Verónica is a 2nd year doctoral student in Educational Policy and Leadership program of the College of Education at Marquette. Her research interest is the development and retention of teachers of color within the K-12 setting. She is currently working as a Research Assistant to Black Latino Male Transition Dual Enrollment Hub in CURTO.
Dr. Gabriel Velez
Gabriel Velez is an assistant professor and developmental psychologist in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL) in the College of Education at Marquette University. Dr. Velez studies identity development in adolescents, particularly in relation to citizenship, human rights, and peace, including young people’s understandings and responses to peace education and restorative justice in educational contexts. As the Faculty Director of the Black and Latino/a Ecosystem and Support Transition (BLEST) Hub, Dr. Velez contributes to building better understandings and synergies to support Milwaukee-area Black and Latino/a young people’s thriving and college and career success.
Undergraduate Student Interns
Anne Marie Gunn, Communication Studies and Peace Studies '21
Anne is working as a research assistant on the James Ferguson II Research Project. She helps to compile oral histories from Ferguson himself, his colleagues, his family members, and his friends to fully encapsulate the legal legacy Ferguson had on the Civil Rights Movement and trial advocacy training both here in the U.S. and with Black lawyers in South Africa during the height of apartheid. Eventually this project will be in the form of a digital archive.
Arianna Balton, Marketing '24
Arianna Balton works alongside Bre Flowers as an Andrew Goodman fellow, empowering youth voting.
Biluge Ntabala, Political Science '22
Biluge works on the project regarding Wisconsin's Media Coverage of Gun Dealers from 1999-2019. The project aims to determine the capability of the media's influence on Wisconsin gun laws.
Breanna (Bre) Flowers, Political Science and Peace Studies '21
Bre Flowers is an Andrew Goodman fellow. Her work is centered around empowering young people to vote.