Hmong PhD alum reflects on research, family pride

Pao Vue’s interest in animals and nature began at a young age, eventually leading him to UW–Madison.

As his career goals evolved – taking shape in environmental science and conservation – they set Vue on a journey that has made him one of the first Hmong Americans to receive a PhD in his field.

Zulmarie Perez-Horta

Fellow of Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Zulmarie Perez-Horta completed her doctoral program in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from UW–Madison in 2016 and began a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship (STPF) with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C. in fall of 2017.

Teddy Wiggins

Principal Violinist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Teddy Wiggins is a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate from the School of Music, in violin performance. He is currently a co-concertmaster/principal violinist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training orchestra that develops musicianship and prepares musicians for professional careers.

Amy Powell

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign

In 2005, Amy Powell came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue her MA in Art History. Upon completion of her master’s in 2007, the Kentucky native decided to stay at the university to pursue her PhD in the same field. She is now the curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum (KAM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign—overseeing a collection that contains roughly 10,000 works of art.

Ned English

Senior Research Methodologist with NORC at the University of Chicago

English completed his MS in Geography at UW-Madison in 2001. After a year at Empower Geographics, English took a position with NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and analysis for business and policy decisions.

Steven Wright

Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin Law School

Steven Wright came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012 to pursue his MFA in creative writing. Upon completion of his degree in 2014, Wright became a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In this role, he supervises the Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP), a program focused on exonerating individuals who were wrongly convicted of serious crimes.

Hanif Nu’Man

Chief Sociologist/Founder of ReSCI Consulting, LLC

Having obtained his doctorate in sociology from UW–Madison in 2014, Hanif Nu’Man currently applies his disciplinary knowledge in his work as the Chief Sociologist of ReSCI Consulting, LLC—a management consultancy firm he founded based in Madison.

Keivan Stassun

Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University; Adjunct Instructor at Fisk University

Graduating with a doctorate in astronomy from UW–Madison in 2000, Keivan Stassun has built a career dedicated to advancing our understanding of the cosmos through research, teaching, and outreach. He now works as a full professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University and as an adjunct instructor at Fisk University.