University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sergio González

Advisor: Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Sergio Gonzalez


I focus on the development of Latino communities in urban areas in the American Midwest, with an emphasis on the religious communities Latino immigrants developed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin throughout the twentieth century. I’m especially interested in the ways the movement and reordering of people, faith, and cultural practices have driven the creation of spaces that facilitate intracultural and transnational interaction.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014 (History)
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010 (Secondary Education, History, Spanish)


  • U.S. Immigration, Labor, and Working-Class History

MA Title

  • “‘Juntos en el nombre de Dios’: Milwaukee’s Mexican Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1924-1933”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “‘I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me’: Latino Immigration, Religion, and Community Formation in Milwaukee, 1920-1990”

Selected Publications

  • Mexicans in Wisconsin. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, forthcoming, October 2017.
  • “Interethnic Catholicism and Transnational Religious Connections: Milwaukee’s Mexican Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1924-1929,” Journal of American Ethnic History 36:1 (Fall 2016): 5-30.


  • Humanities Without Walls Grant, “Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest,” (Participant), Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Department of History Meritorious Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Research Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame, 2017
  • Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship, Marquette University, 2016
  • College of Letters & Science Community of Graduate Research Scholars Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • American Catholic Historical Association Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, 2016
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. Graduate Fellowship, 2016
  • Smithsonian Institution Latino Museum Studies Program Fellowship, 2015
  • Public Humanities Exchange Grant, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • Baensch Prize in Wisconsin History, for ““Juntos en el nombre de Dios”: Milwaukee’s Mexican Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1924-1929,” Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • Chancellor’s Borderlands Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Studies Association
  • Labor and Working Class History Association
  • Immigration and Ethnic History Society
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Wisconsin Labor History Society

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 219 – “The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb”

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • From Durango to the Dairy State: A History of Latinos in Wisconsin, Division of Continuing Studies
  • History 4953 – “Citizenship and Belonging in America” (Mitchem Fellow/Lecturer, Marquette University)