Will Tchakirides

Exploring the History of Policing & Confrontations with Police Power

dedicated researcher    ·    public historian    ·    engaged scholar

A little about myself…

I’m a historian who writes about how the state and invested publics have made and re-made police power in the 20th century city. My research focuses on how Black Americans, Latinx and white accomplices in Milwaukee challenged state violence and sought to re-imagine community safety free of police coercion and neglect.

I’m also a public historian with a decade of digital humanities, archives, and oral history experience. I’ve worked with universities and museums in cities as diverse as Boston, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Projects I’ve collaborated on have helped communities and organizations build more usable, complete interpretations of the past on their own terms. I’m currently assisting on the Smithsonian Institution’s Our Shared Future: Reckoning with our Racial Past initiative.


My research explores the origins and maintenance of police power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, centering Black-led struggles for accountability across the city’s long history of civil rights insurgency.


Let’s connect

You can catch me on Twitter @willtchak, or reach out by email: wtchak@gmail.com