Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: UNM

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: University of New Mexico

Contact Us


Director: Christine M. Sierra, PhD

Administrator: Maurice Kivlighan

MSC02 1680
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
phone: 505/277-2965
fax: 505/212-0342
email: shri@unm.edu

Established in 1980, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States. SHRI offers an intellectual home for its faculty associates and invites the Hispano and Mexicano communities in New Mexico to connect with the University.

News and Events

Professor Felipe Gonzales, Sociology, has just been awarded the Espinosa Prize for Best Article published in the New Mexico Historical Review in 2013.  The article is entitled "Mexican Party, American Party, Democratic Party" and is an excellent contribution to the NMHR's list of monographs on political and territorial history."

UNM's Center for Teaching Excellence announced that Dr. Patricia Covarrubias, SHRI faculty member in Communication & Journalism, has been selected as a UNM Teaching Fellow during the 2014-15 Academic Year.

Dr. Michelle Hall Kells, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at UNM will be presenting "Citizen Scholars: Cultivating Ecologies of Writing," a three-part workshop series on Friday, March 14th, Friday, March 28th, and Friday, April 4th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in the Mirage conference room at the Student Union Building. The workshops are in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Writing Across Communities (WAC) Initiative at UNM. These will be brown bag workshops, so please feel free to bring your lunch, and invite a friend.

Dr. Kells has been the driving intellectual force behind UNM's nationally recognized spin on traditional approaches to institutionalizing writing as a tool for teaching and learning across the curriculum. In these workshops, Dr. Kells will guide attendees in developing strategies for transforming our students into citizen scholars, and for connecting our classrooms to larger academic, professional, and civic ecologies of writing.

Please mark the following sessions/dates/times in your calendars:
·  Workshop One: Knowing Our Students - Friday, March 14, 1pm-2:30pm
·  Workshop Two: Inviting Our Students into Academic Discourses - Friday, March 28, 1pm-2:30pm
·  Workshop Three: Mentoring Our Students into Civic and Professional Cultures - Friday, April 4, 1pm-2:30pm

The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute is pleased to announce that Aimee Villarrael Garza is joining the department as a visiting research scholar for the spring semester. Aimee will receive her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in March of 2014. She is at UNM conducting research in preparation of articles on her dissertation on the relationship between religious revitalization and immigrant rights activism in New Mexico.

Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor, Political Science, comments are in Journal article, "Spanish version of health care website is rife with flaws."

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Cacari-Stone on being a recipient of a 2014-2016 Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program award. See announcement.

Dr. Michelle Hall Kells quoted in Sunday Journal article "JFK's tragic end still resonates in NM." Read more.

Plans for new UNM college gain traction. Drs. Irene Vasquez and Barbara Reyes, are quoted in the November 22, 2013 Albuquerque Journal article. Read article.

Dr. Renato Rosaldo to speak on Demember 10, 2013 at Noon on the subject "The Chasers At Tucson High In The Late Fifties"in the Frank Waters Room at Zimmerman Library. See flyer.

The book signing and discussion of the book "Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles" by Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid with photographs by Miguel A. Gandert will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the UNM Book Store. Read synopsis.

Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Professor of Law and a SHRI faculty member, has been named as the faculty recipient of a 2013 Presidential Luminaria Award to be presented by the Division for Equity and Inclusion at UNM. The awards honor the "many committed individuals and groups that have impacted the University of New Mexico with their work in diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice." Sedillo-Lopez is recognized as "a true Luminaria or someone who lights the path for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice."

Manuel García y Griego, director of the Land Grant Studies Program in the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI), traveled with students from his New Mexico history class up to the site of the San Joaquín del Río de Chama Land Grant to work with land grant families and the U.S. Forest Service. UNM News article. Santa Fe New Mexican article.

“(UN)Silencing the Past – Narratives of Trauma in Comparative Perspective” - Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th.
The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) in partnership with the UNM Department of History; Center for the Southwest Chicana and Chicanos Program; and Women Studies Program to sponsor a two-day symposium at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. More information.

SHRI co-sponsored the "Hispano/Chicano Archival Collections" brown bag presentation at the UNM Center for Southwest Research on Wednesday, October 9th at Zimmerman Library as part of the American Archives Month Lunchtime Series. Other sponsors were the UNM’s Center for Southwest Research; Chicana and Chicano Studies; Land Grant Studies Program; and Inter-American Studies of the University Libraries. Presenters included: Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science / Dir. of Southwest Hispanic Research Institute; LM Garcia y Griego, Professor of History and Chicano Studies/Dir. Land Grant Studies Program; Samuel Sisneros, Archivist, Center for Southwest Research; and Ann Massmann and Suzanne Schadl, University Libraries. Flyer

Three SHRI Faculty meet with Palestinian Delegation.
Gabriel Sanchez, Irene Vasquez and Christine Sierra were invited by the U.S. State Department to speak to a delegation of university professors from Palestine. American Studies hosted the event on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the University of New Mexico. Five participants from the Palestinian Territories were here to increase their knowledge of the United States through firsthand observation of American society and culture. They were especially interested in Latino Politics and the Chicano Studies program.

UNM, NMSU and UTEP Collaborate through Border Research Network. Read more MOU

Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNM, and SHRI Faculty is collaborating with Deborah Rhein, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders Program at New Mexico State on a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, to prepare 48 bilingual speech-language pathologists in New Mexico. Read more.

SHRI welcomes and is proud to sponsor New York University Scholars Renato Rosaldo and Mary Louise Pratt who are at UNM conducting research.

SHRI invites you to attend a book discussion and signing with A. Gabriel Meléndez with a commentary by Professor Paul Espinosa from Arizona State University on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 1:00 PM, UNM Bookstore. See flyer.

Chicana and Chicano Studies and SHRI presented an "Evening with Lalo Alcaraz", Chicano cartoonist, author & satirist, on Thursday, September 26, 2013. See flyer for more detail. Cartoons

Two SHRI faculty works appear in the Albuquerque, Journal's Opinion column. Read "Spanish is part of N.M. cultural capita" by Margaret Montoya, and "One painful case after another" by René Ornelas.

Read the news article entitled "Female Representation in Public Office on the Decline in New Mexico," El Grito de Nuevo Mexico, May 9, 2013 written by Adriana Sanchez, a panelists in the Ready to Run NM conference held in April, 2013.

Congratulations to Magdalena Avila, Associate Professor, Health, Exercise & Sports Science and Michael Trujillo, Associate Professor, American Studies / Chicana Chicano Studies on their achieving tenure.

"Language should not be barrier"
Opinion by Felipe Gonzales Professor of Sociology, UNM in Sun, May 12, 2013 Albuquerque Journal edition. Read opinion

Community Based Research & Learning Initiative (CBRLI) Undergrad Colloquium was held on May 9, 2013 to honor the students and faculty mentors on their completion of their community-based projects sponsored by El Centro de la Raza (ECR), Chicana Chicano Studies (CCS), and the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI). The following SHRI Faculty were involved in mentoring the undergraduate students with their projects: Magdalena Avila; Tim Castillo; Patricia Covarrubias; Vi Florez; Elmer Gonzalez; Jillian Medeiros; Manuel Montoya; Gabriel Sanchez; Mary Ramos; Jose Rivera; Ruth Galvan Trinidad; and Jacob Vigil. See photo album 1. See photo album 2.

Viola “Vi” Florez, professor of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning and PNM Endowed Chair in the College of Education, will serve as interim Dean. Previously, Florez served the state of New Mexico as Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education (2008–2010), as interim provost (2007–08) and as dean of the COE (1997–2008).

Dr. Mary Ramos, Pediatrician and Faculty, UNM Health Science Center, submitted an opinion to the Albuquerque Journal entitled "School nurses vital providers of children’s health care." The opinion ran in the Sunday, May 5, 2013 edition. Read opinion

The Ready to Run New Mexico Conference sponsored by the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute was held on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2013. To learn more about the successful event, click here.

Christine Sierra, Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute and Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the “New York Times” article entitled “Governor of New Mexico, and Now an Envoy for Republicans.” Read article

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott works to increase healthcare diversity. Read article in UNM Today.

Geraldine Forbes Isais leads town gown collaboration. Read article in UNM Today.

Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of “Latino Decisions,” was quoted in the New York Times article “Medicaid Expansion Is Delicate Maneuver for Arizona’s Republican Governor. Read article

Gabriel Melendez, Professor, American Studies, appeared on KUNM's Espejos de Aztlán last Monday, January 25th in an interview with George Luna-Peña on Gabriel's co-editing of the book THE WRITINGS OF EUSEBIO CHACON (UNM, 2012).
To listen to the program, go to KUNM's web-page, access it through the 2-Week Archive tab/function. Select January 28, 2013 and 7:00 PM from the drop-down menus.

Maggie Werner-Washburne was recently elected President of SACNAS, the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science. (SACNAS) recently announced the election of its 15-member National Board of Directors. Among those elected way University of New Mexico Regents Professor of Biology, Maggie Werner-Washburne as President of the board. Werner-Washburne’s three-year appointment began Jan. 4. The first two years as President and the third as Past-President. Read more