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William Tchakirides

  • PhD Student, History


PhD, History, expected graduation, 2019
MA, U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011
BA, U.S. History, Suffolk University, 2006

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record

African and African Diaspora Studies 111: Introduction to African-American History to 1865

Courses TA'd

History 297/497: Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam: History and Culture
History 150: Multicultural America
History 446: African American History Since the Civil War

Research Interests

U.S. Cities
African American History
Race and Policing / The Carceral State
Public History / Digital History / Oral History


With Robert S. Smith, “Brew City Bellwether: The Changing Landscape of the Black Family in Milwaukee” in Contemporary African American Families: Achievements, Challenges, and Empowerment Strategies in the 21st Century, edited by Dorothy Smith-Ruiz and Sherri Lawson-Clark (New York: Routledge, 2016).

“Long before Sterling Brown’s arrest, Milwaukee struggled with a policing problem,” The Washington Post, June 3, 2018, https://wapo.st/2z6o92I.

“Not Examined, But Rectified”: Let Milwaukee Heed Khalif Rainey’s Advice,” Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, August 17, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bAjxTY.


“The Work of Freedom: Recent Histories of Revanchism and Resistance at the Grassroots, Labor and Working-class History Association, Durham, NC, May 2019

“In King's Name: The League of Martin's Struggle to End Police Racism in Milwaukee,” Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Indianapolis, IN, October 2018

“To Defuse a ‘Powder Keg’: Historicizing the 2016 Milwaukee Uprising,” Roundtable Organizer, Labor and Working-Class History Association, Seattle, WA, June, 2017

“Brew City Bellwether: Lessons from Milwaukee, WI,” National Council on Black Studies Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC, March, 2016

“Historicizing the Channels and Landscapes of Power and Struggle in the Neoliberal City,” Labor and Working-Class History Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., May 2015

“All Eyes on the Block: Racial Liberals and Community-based Crime Control in Milwaukee During the Mass Incarceration Era,” Urban History Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014

“‘Fighting Back Against the Crime Menace,’ Liberal Integrationists and the Criminalization of Milwaukee’s Urban Spaces During the Reagan Era,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2013

“The Fight to Make Higher Education Relevant to Black College Students in Milwaukee,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, October 2013

“Perceptions, Strategies, and Consequences: Addressing Crime in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Community, 1980-1992,” UW-Milwaukee Urban Studies Program Annual Student Forum, Milwaukee, WI, May 2013

"Teaching Digital History and New Media," Working Group Participant, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON, April 2013

“University-NPS Partnerships and the Benefits of Creative Space: Placing Arlington House in Transnational History,” Roundtable, The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th Conference, Gettysburg, PA, March 2013

‘“Partiality Invested with Power:’ Race, Police Brutality, and the Death of Ernest Lacy,” Midwest Labor and Working-Class History Graduate Student Colloquium, Milwaukee, WI, February 2013

"Public History Online: Using the Web to Collaborate and Share," Working Group Facilitator, Organization of American Historians and National Council on Public History Joint Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012

“Interpreting the Lives of People of Color at Arlington House,” Poster Session, National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Pensacola, FL, April 2011 (Voted Top Poster)


Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2018-2019
Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2017-2018
Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, UW-Milwaukee, AY 2012-2013
Graduate Student Travel Award, UW-Milwaukee, 2013
Graduate Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, AY 2010-2011
American University College of Arts and Sciences, Academic Merit Award, 2010
Suffolk University History Department Book Prize, 2005, 2006