Department News and Publications, February 2022

Departmental News

Posted: Mar 04, 2022 - 12:00am

Awards and Honors 

Colin Olson and graduate student Sam Torres have both been recognized as recipients of the 2022 College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. 

A publication titled “Workforce Capacity in Municipal Government” co-authored by graduate student Vittoria Totaro was selected as the 2022 Louis Brownlow Award for the best Public Administration Review article written by a practitioner.  

Leon‐Moreta, Agustin, and Vittoria R. Totaro. 2021. "Workforce Capacity in Municipal Government." Public Administration Review 81(2): 273-285. 

Eli Wilson’s book Front of the House, Back of the House awarded Honorable Mention for the Komarovsky Book Award from Eastern Sociological Society. 


Along with Co-author Max Bebris, Elizabeth Korver-Glenn has a forthcoming article entitled "Value Fluidity and Value Anchoring: Race, Intermediaries, and Valuation in Two Housing Markets," that will be published in Socio-Economic Review

Graduate student Korey Tillman’s article "Carceral Liberalism: The Coloniality and Antiblackness of Coercive Benevolencee" was recently published in Social Problems

Grants, Fellowships, and other Supports 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad has been selected to participate in UNM’s Fostering Research Expansion in the Social Sciences and Humanities (FRESSH) program and received the College of Arts and Science’s Marshall Award for Course Development and Curricular Enhancement. 

Criminology undergraduate student, Abrianna Morales, was selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship.

Presentations and Workshops, Public Engagement, and News Coverage 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services) cited Elizabeth Korver-Glenn’s book and two of her papers in her recent letter to regulators and industry, calling for investigation and redressing of systemic racism in the appraisal industry. 

The National Fair Housing Alliance cited Elizabeth Korver-Glenn’s book and two of her papers in its recent report documenting systemic racism in the appraisal industry.  

Nancy López and the Advisory Board for the Institute for the Institute for the Study of "Race" & Social Justice ( sent a statement to the NM State Legislature against the bill to ban critical race theory in NM K-12 schools on February 1, 2022. 

Nancy López was interviewed by Anthony Moreno, NMSU Anchor/Reporter KRWG Public Media on how rhetoric in politics and national media around race and social justice may impact education in New Mexico and across the country. Television airdate: December 16th, 2021 at 7 p.m. 

Ranita Ray published an article in Slate magazine entitled “It Never Seems to Be a Good Time to Talk About Teachers’ Racism,” based on her recent research.