From the history of immigration to challenges faced by current refugees, UWM experts can provide insight and perspective on the many aspects of our public dialogue about immigration.

Rachel Ida Buff, professor of history
Buff is an immigration historian who can discuss contemporary and historical immigrant populations in Wisconsin and across the United States. Her professional expertise focuses on the histories of deportation policy and immigrant rights. She also writes about the intersections of mass media, public policy and international law. Her upcoming book is A is for Asylum Seeker: A Glossary of Terms for People on the Move.

James Peoples, professor of economics
A professor of economics, Peoples studies how globalization and a strong economy have pressured U.S. employers to hire workers, particularly immigrants, at low wages. He can discuss the growing share of immigrants in the U.S. labor market and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on individuals traveling to the United States from Muslim-majority nations and how it will affect the percentage of immigrants in the American workforce, from low-skill, low-wage jobs to healthcare and academia.

Alberto Maldonado, director of the Roberto Hernández Center
Maldonado helps lead the Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives at UWM, and has helped draft university policy for undocumented students. Also the chair of the Undocumented Student Task Force at UWM, Maldonado can speak to how the campus responds to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals issues as well as the university’s efforts to recruit and support students. He can do interviews in either English or Spanish.

Paru Shah, associate professor of political science
Shah works in the areas of race, ethnicity and politics; urban governance and politics; and public policy analysis and outcomes in the educational arena. She can address issues involving immigration policy, the Voting Rights Act and states’ rights.

Sang-Yeon Kim, associate professor of communication
Kim’s expertise lies in intercultural communication, diversity management, persuasion and social influence. Among his most recent research topics is the relationship between the rate of delivery and a message’s persuasiveness. He can describe methods to promote intercultural attitudes, and also discuss political correctness and how people react to it.

Javier Tapia, associate professor of educational policy & community studies
Tapia has experience working with Latino populations in various U.S. cities. He teaches classes related to global education, U.S.-Mexico relations and Latino studies. His research interests include globalization, Mexican immigration and transnational communities. Through his research, Tapia seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the increasing interdependence between Mexico and the United States. He is working on partnership projects in education and health between Wisconsin and Mexico.