Department News and Publications, February 2023

Departmental News

Posted: Mar 01, 2023 - 12:00am


Nancy López is co-author of a forthcoming chapter titled, “Promoting Solidarity for Social Justice and Indigenous Educational Sovereignty in the Cuba Independent School District,” in The Yazzie Case: Interrogating the Martinez/Yazzie v. New Mexico Lawsuit, Wendy Greyeyes, Glenabah Martinez and Llyod Lee editors, Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico Press.   


Sharon Nepstad’s article, "Toward an Agency-Centered, Iterative Approach to Social Movement Repression" was recently published in Sociology Compass. 


Kiwoong Park and his co-author Jinho Kim recently published a paper in Social Science & Medicine titled “Longitudinal association between perceived discrimination and sleep problems among young adults in the United States: Tests of moderation by race/ethnicity and educational attainment” 


Graduate student, Emily Ahrend’s paper entitled, “A Disconcerting Discrimination: A Scoping Review on the Concept and Evolution of Sanism” has been accepted by the “Alternative and Emerging Approaches to the Study of Mental Health” section of SSSP, to be presented at their 2023 Annual Meeting this August in Philadelphia. 


Public engagement, public-facing scholarship, and news coverage  

Nancy López authored a blog for the AfroLatin@ Forum Pensamiento that addresses the consequences of combining Hispanic ethnicity and race into one including reductions in the AfroLatin@ count and distribution of resources to AfroLatin@ communities. 

Nancy López was quoted (2/10/23) in NBC story entitled: "Is there a better way to identity Latinos on Official Surveys. Some say yes," where she calls to question initial proposals to flatten the difference between race and ethnicity in revisions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) federal guidelines. The deadline for submitting comments in the federal registry is 4/12/23. 

Nancy López served as expert at Senate Education Committee on (2/15/23) for SB 465 Educational Institution Demographic Data. The purpose of the bill was the collection of statewide parent educational attainment from preschool to graduate school for intersectional equity metrics and distribution of resources. Nancy López drafted this bill as an outgrowth of her work as co-chair of the data and policy for action subcommittee of the NM Black Education Act Advisory Council. Sponsor: Senator Antonio “Moe” Maestas. The bill will be resubmitted in the next legislative session 

Owen Whooley was interviewed about his recent book for the podcast, Mad in America.  You can listen to the interview here:  


Other News 

Graduate student Celine Ayala developed and will be coordinating a cohort-based program called Black Research 101 (to be offered n Fall 2023) that will help undergraduate students develop and implement research projects in Black communities that utilize Black and Africana feminist methods and epistemologies (or ways of knowing) 


Jordan Cilley was accepted into UNM’s Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) program starting in Fall 2023. 


Recent PhD, Alena Kuhlemeier has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in UNM’s College of Population Health, starting July 10, 2023. (


Noah Painter-Davis was featured in the recent College of Arts & Sciences impact report for his collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-engaged project: Re-envisioning Diversion Through Community Engagement. 


PhD student Korey Tillman has accepted a tenure-track offer at Northeastern University. Korey will be holding a joint appointment in The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Africana Studies Program.