John Gurda — Milwaukee’s accidental historian

John Gurda became Milwaukee’s best-known historian somewhat accidentally. As he continued to write a series of books and stories about businesses and neighborhoods, Gurda realized he had the raw material for a comprehensive history of Milwaukee.

UWM students learn the business behind journalism

Graduating journalists may know about newsgathering, but what do they know about the news business as a whole? UWM journalism instructor Jessie Garcia Marble is giving students an eyes-wide-open approach to the journalism business.

An immigrant’s journey to document Hmong lives

In 1980, Chia Youyee Vang was a Hmong refugee from Laos. Today, she’s a professor of history at UWM and one of the world’s leading experts on Hmong refugees. “Not only has Chia’s research expanded… understandings of diasporic Hmong communities, but she also has mentored a new generation of scholars in the field she helped invent.”