Faculty News 2010-2013


Professor Margo Anderson named Distinguished Professor
Anderson’s research has focused on American social, urban and women’s history, including the U.S. Census. Since joining the UWM faculty in 1977, her work on the history of the Census Bureau has made her a national authority. She has described how the bureau has improved the accuracy of the count, how current events have affected or changed the process and how social prejudices have tainted the count throughout its history.

Her work has uncovered new information about the census, such as documents that show the U.S. government provided the U.S. Secret Service with names and addresses of Japanese-Americans during World War II, even though it was prohibited by law from revealing data that could be linked to specific individuals.

The author or editor of several books on the U.S. Census, Anderson also is a favorite commentator in the national media, from USA Today to Newsweek.

Anderson also has been involved in promoting scholarship on Milwaukee. Since 2004, when she helped organize a conference of the Urban History Association in Milwaukee, she and fellow UWM History Professor Victor Greene have edited a history of the city, and she is helping to produce a digital encyclopedia of Milwaukee.

Anderson’s scholarly contributions have been recognized by a variety of professional organizations. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Census Requirements for the Year 2000 and Beyond. She has testifi ed before Congress on census issues and has held multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Statistical Association, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

See In Focus February 2013, p.7


April 2011
Congratulations to USP Professor William Velez who, with his colleague Pat Goldsmith (also from the Department of Sociology), is Co-PI on a project that has won a Research Growth Initiative Award from the UWM Graduate School. The topic is “Residential Segregation and Discrete Choice Analysis.”

July 2011
USP professor Marc Levine is interviewed on Al Jazeera video regarding the unemployment situation in Milwaukee.

USP professors Margo Anderson and Amanda Seligman submitted a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for funding for The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee.

July 2011
USP professor Kristin Sziarto’s research project is featured in the Journal Sentinel.

September 2011
USP professor Joel Rast’s research on mass transit and unemployment is featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. See article.

USP professor Noelle Chesley’s research on nontraditional gender roles and gender equality is featured on the UWM home page.

USP professor Ryan Holifield’s research on water management across borders is featured on the UWM home page.

USP professor Joel Rast’s research at the UWM Center for Economic Development analyzes mass transit budget cuts and their impact on employment.

October 2011
USP faculty member Jennifer Jordan talks about her interest in “living history” museums and her research on how living things (plants and animals) narrate the past on WUWM Lake Effect.

USP faculty member Noelle Chesley discusses the effect of men and women when they swap traditional roles in the home on The Impact of Switching Gender Roles, WUWM Lake Effect.

November 2011
USP faculty member Marc Levine’s Op-Ed piece: It’s no time for another cut to the UW System. Read JSOnline article.


Amanda Seligman accepted a Merit Award from the Milwaukee County Historical Society. The award recognizes the Conference on the History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area that Seligman and Prof. Margo Anderson organized in October 2009.

USP professor Marc Levine speaks about black male unemployment in Milwaukee on WUWM.

May 2010 – USP professors Seligman and Anderson were awarded a UWM Graduate School Research Growth Initiative Award totaling more than $149,000 to plan an Encyclopedia of Milwaukee.

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Percy for being named acting Dean of the new School of Public Health.

USP professor Joel Rast and his recent report on “The Economic State of Milwaukee, 1990-2008” appeared in the Journal-Sentinel.

Congratulations to Professor Margo Anderson for being one of this year’s UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty award recipients.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ryan Holifield. He will be a fellow at the Center for 21st Century Studies during the 2010-2011 academic year.

USP Professor Margo Anderson is quoted in this article about the US census.