Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: UNM

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: University of New Mexico

Contact Us

Director: Barbara Reyes, PhD


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

Expert's Bureau/Outreach

SHRI affiliated faculty are available as experts for educational programs, information inquires, and outreach activities.

Lisa Cacari-Stone
Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Senior Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
Director, Community Engagement Core, NM CARES Health Disparities Center
Principal, U.S.-Mexico Border Center of Excellence Consortium
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Phone:  505-272-4173
Areas of Expertise Include: U.S.-Mexico border health; migration and health; immigration/immigrant health;
Affordable Care Act- Implementation considerations for states and localities, especially with regards to New Mexico's Latino populations in geographically dispersed areas.

Patricia O. Covarrubias
Associate Professor
Communication & Journalism
Phone: (505) 277-5305
Areas of Expertise Include: Media Practitioner;  On-Air Reporter (which included investigating, writing, editing, and presenting aired news stories); Assignment and Video Editor; teaches courses and does research on cultural/intercultural communication and ethnography, including Latino ways of speaking and American Indian silence.

Elmer  Gonzalez
Lecturer 2
Dental Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-4326
Areas of Expertise Include: Dental Hygiene, Special Needs Provider; and Co-coordinator of UNM International Dental Hygiene Training Abroad Program.

Celia Iriart
Associate Professor
Public Health Program
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-4493
Areas of Expertise Include: Global and U.S. health policy and health care system reforms, and social determinants of Latino childhood malnutrition inequities (including but not limited to obesity).

Manuel  Montoya
Assistant Professor - Global Structures
Department of Finance, International, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Phone: (505) 277-1182
Areas of Expertise Include: Globalization; International Politics; International and Global Economics; and Global Culture.

Margaret  Montoya
Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: (505) 277-3010
Areas of Expertise Include: Higher Education; Diversity Issues in Education; Multiculturalism;  Health Disparities; Employment Law; Civil Rights; Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Latina/Latino Issues; and Cultural Proficiency.

Gabriel R. Sanchez
Associate Professor
Political Science
Phone: (505) 277-3337
Areas of Expertise Include: National and State Elections; New Mexico Politics; and Latino/Hispanic Politics.

Christine M. Sierra
Professor / Director
Political Science / Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
Phone: (505) 277-5104
Areas of Expertise Include: American Politics with a focus on Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Hispanic Politics, US and NM; and US Immigration Politics and Policy.

Luis Vargas
Associate Professor
University of Mew Mexico
Clinical Psychologist Programs for Children and Adolescents
UNM School of Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-2190
Areas of Expertise Include: Emotional problems that undocumented immigrant experience; accessibility to social and mental health services for undocumented immigrants; and developmental and emotional consequences to undocumented children as they become adults as a result of their undocumented status.

Maria B. Velez
Assistant Professor
Phone: (505) 277-6214
Areas of Expertise Include: Neighborhoods and crime; immigration and crime; race/ethnicity and crime.

Damián Wilson
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of SHL
University of New Mexico
Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Phone: (505) 277-6477
Areas of Expertise Include: New Mexican Spanish; Spanish Maintenance and Revitalization; Spanish/English Code-switching and Bilingualism; Spanish and Society in the US; Spanish Sociolinguistics; Language Variation and Change; and Cognitive Linguistics.