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Recent Graduates & Alumni

Alma A. Hernandez - MA

2017 Summer

Dissertation Title: "N/A"

Dissertation Committee: N/Acommittee

Gillian Joyce - MA

2017 Summer

Dissertation Title: "Agricultural and Community Issues in Taos and Local Mobilization Efforts"

Dissertation Committee: Agricultural and Community Issues in Taos and Local Mobilization Effortscommittee

Billy Ulibarri - PhD

2015 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Human trafficking victims are everywhere and nowhere: A qualitative content analysis of the anti-human trafficking campaign in the United States, 2000-2012"

Dissertation Committee: Human trafficking victims are everywhere and nowhere: A qualitative content analysis of the anti-human trafficking campaign in the United States, 2000-2012committee

Danielle Albright - PhD

2015 Spring

Dissertation Title: "Public Frames and Message Cooptation in Policy Oriented Social Movements"

Dissertation Committee: Public Frames and Message Cooptation in Policy Oriented Social Movementscommittee

Erin Coleman - MA

2015 Spring

Dissertation Title: "The Roles Of Disorder, Attitudes Toward The Legal System, And Neighborhood Satisfaction In The Intervention During Neighborhood Problems"

Dissertation Committee: The Roles Of Disorder, Attitudes Toward The Legal System, And Neighborhood Satisfaction In The Intervention During Neighborhood Problemscommittee

Thomas Maestas - MA

2015 Spring

Dissertation Title: "On the Widening Transfer Aspiration-Achievement Gap: Contextualizing the Transfer Intentions of Community College Students in New Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: On the Widening Transfer Aspiration-Achievement Gap: Contextualizing the Transfer Intentions of Community College Students in New Mexicocommittee

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Kelly McCarthy - MA

2015 Spring

Dissertation Title: "Racialized Sexuality: The Sexualization and Racialization of Female Video Game Characters, 1981-2012"

Dissertation Committee: Racialized Sexuality: The Sexualization and Racialization of Female Video Game Characters, 1981-2012committee

Elena Windsong - PhD

2015 Spring

Dissertation Title: "Neighborhood Experiences and the Co-Construction of Neighborhood, Race, and Gender: A Qualitative Study of a Middle-Class Latino-White Albuquerque Neighborhood"

Dissertation Committee: Neighborhood Experiences and the Co-Construction of Neighborhood, Race, and Gender: A Qualitative Study of a Middle-Class Latino-White Albuquerque Neighborhoodcommittee

Carmela Roybal - MA

2014 Spring

Current Position: PhD Student, University of New Mexico

Dissertation Title: "State-Level Predictors of Suicide for American Indians and Alaska"

Dissertation Committee: State-Level Predictors of Suicide for American Indians and Alaskacommittee

Michael Mohammad - PhD

2014 Summer

Current Position: Post-Doc/University of Michigan

Dissertation Title: "Stigmatization and the Re-Articulation of Eugenic Ideology: A Study of Coded Racism in Family Planning Policy from the 1920's to the 1990's"

Dissertation Committee: Stigmatization and the Re-Articulation of Eugenic Ideology: A Study of Coded Racism in Family Planning Policy from the 1920's to the 1990'scommittee

Jeffrey Nowacki - PhD

2014 Summer

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University

Dissertation Title: "United States v Booker and Federal Sentencing Outcomes: General, Extra-Legal, and Contextual Policy Effects"

Dissertation Committee: United States v Booker and Federal Sentencing Outcomes: General, Extra-Legal, and Contextual Policy Effectscommittee

Christin Moreland - MA

2013 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Harold Camping and May 21st, 2011: Consequences of a Failed Prophecy"

Dissertation Committee: Harold Camping and May 21st, 2011: Consequences of a Failed Prophecycommittee

Sonia Bettez - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Post Doc, UNM RWJF Center for Health Policy

Dissertation Title: "The Social Transformation of Health Inequities: Understanding the Discourse on Health Disparities in the United States"

Dissertation Committee: The Social Transformation of Health Inequities: Understanding the Discourse on Health Disparities in the United Statescommittee

Beau Thomas Hunsaker - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Thunderbird School of Global Management

Dissertation Title: "Developing Degrees: An Exploratory Analysis of Laureate International Universities, 21st Century Entry in Mexico and Ecuador"

Dissertation Committee: Developing Degrees: An Exploratory Analysis of Laureate International Universities, 21st Century Entry in Mexico and Ecuadorcommittee

Stacy Keogh - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Whitworth University

Dissertation Title: "3 Simple Words: We the People: Culture, Identity, and the Contentious Politics of the Contemporary Tea Party Movement in Montana"

Dissertation Committee: 3 Simple Words: We the People: Culture, Identity, and the Contentious Politics of the Contemporary Tea Party Movement in Montanacommittee

Tennille Marley - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Dissertation Title: "Indigenous Knowledge, Land History and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation"

Dissertation Committee: Indigenous Knowledge, Land History and Health: The Construction of Diabetes on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservationcommittee

Anwar Ouassini - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Dissertation Title: "Between Islamaphobia and the Ummah: How Spanish Moroccans are Negotiating their Identities in Post 3/11 Madrid"

Dissertation Committee: Between Islamaphobia and the Ummah: How Spanish Moroccans are Negotiating their Identities in Post 3/11 Madridcommittee

Benjamin Waddell - PhD

2013 Spring

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Adams State College

Dissertation Title: "The Political Economy of Remittance-Led Development in Guanajuato, Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: The Political Economy of Remittance-Led Development in Guanajuato, Mexicocommittee

Andrew Breidenbach - MA

2013 Summer

Current Position: PhD Student, University of New Mexico

Dissertation Title: "Attention to Sport in a Globalizing World: A Cross-National Analysis"

Dissertation Committee: Attention to Sport in a Globalizing World: A Cross-National Analysiscommittee

Mozafar Banihashemi - PhD

2012 Fall

Current Position: Part-Time Instructor, University of New Mexico

Dissertation Title: "Shi'ite reformism versus shi'ite fundamentalism: A comparative study of shi'ite discursive practices in 20th century Iran: The cases of Khomeini and Hakamizadeh"

Dissertation Committee: Shi'ite reformism versus shi'ite fundamentalism: A comparative study of shi'ite discursive practices in 20th century Iran: The cases of Khomeini and Hakamizadehcommittee

Jessica Garrick - MA

2012 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Transforming the Labor Movement: Immigrant Workers and the Repurposing of the National Labor Relations Act"

Dissertation Committee: Transforming the Labor Movement: Immigrant Workers and the Repurposing of the National Labor Relations Actcommittee

Kathryn Overton - PhD

2012 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Whither the World Polity? A Contribution to the Study of International Organizations through Survival Analysis of OECD Accession Rates"

Dissertation Committee: Whither the World Polity? A Contribution to the Study of International Organizations through Survival Analysis of OECD Accession Ratescommittee

Ryan Goodman - PhD

2012 Spring

Current Position: Lecturer III, UNM West

Dissertation Title: "How We Fight: Strategies at Emergence among Animal Rights and LGBTQ Rights Organizations"

Dissertation Committee: How We Fight: Strategies at Emergence among Animal Rights and LGBTQ Rights Organizationscommittee

Warren Thompson - MA

2012 Spring

Dissertation Title: "Evangelizing the State"

Dissertation Committee: Evangelizing the Statecommittee

Rebeca Jasso-Aguilar - PhD

2012 Summer

Current Position: Part-Time Instructor, University of New Mexico

Dissertation Title: "How Common Citizens Transform Politics: The Cases of Mexico and Bolivia"

Dissertation Committee: How Common Citizens Transform Politics: The Cases of Mexico and Boliviacommittee

Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman - MA

2012 Summer

Current Position: PhD Candidate, University of New Mexico, currently on the job market

Dissertation Title: "Conceptualizing Mental Health: A Qualitative Study on Mexican Immigrant Mothers' Definitions of their Children's Mental Health in New Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: Conceptualizing Mental Health: A Qualitative Study on Mexican Immigrant Mothers' Definitions of their Children's Mental Health in New Mexicocommittee

Dale Willits - PhD

2012 Summer

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University-Bakersfield

Dissertation Title: "Situational and Individual Predictors of Violent Intentions: A Factorial Survey Approach"

Dissertation Committee: Situational and Individual Predictors of Violent Intentions: A Factorial Survey Approachcommittee

Peter Catron - MA

2011 Fall

Dissertation Title: "NO SE PUEDE!: The Decline of Immigrant Unionization Through the Great Recession of 2008"

Dissertation Committee: NO SE PUEDE!: The Decline of Immigrant Unionization Through the Great Recession of 2008committee

Nancy Halbgewachs - PhD

2011 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Censorship and Holocaust Film in the Hollywood Studio System"

Dissertation Committee: Censorship and Holocaust Film in the Hollywood Studio Systemcommittee

Lynzie Rowland - MA

2011 Fall

Dissertation Title: "The Influence of Women's Status on Economic Development: A Pooled Time Series Cross-Sectionl Analysis of 126 Countries, 1980-2005"

Dissertation Committee: The Influence of Women's Status on Economic Development: A Pooled Time Series Cross-Sectionl Analysis of 126 Countries, 1980-2005committee

Saundra Trujillo - MA

2011 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Jail Incarceration and Violent Crime Rates: A cross-sectional exploratory analysis in Albuquerque, New Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: Jail Incarceration and Violent Crime Rates: A cross-sectional exploratory analysis in Albuquerque, New Mexicocommittee

Kerry Edwards - PhD

2011 Spring

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock University

Dissertation Title: "Male offenders' work experiences pre-prison, in-prison, and upon reentry: Interactions between work and crime"

Dissertation Committee: Male offenders' work experiences pre-prison, in-prison, and upon reentry: Interactions between work and crimecommittee

Jessica Carlisle - MA

2011 Summer

Dissertation Title: "Gender, Jobs and Labor: Understanding the Gendered Division of Household Labor in Dual Earner, Middle Class Families Based on Job Dynamics"

Dissertation Committee: Gender, Jobs and Labor: Understanding the Gendered Division of Household Labor in Dual Earner, Middle Class Families Based on Job Dynamicscommittee

Erin Kleymann - MA

2010 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Motherhood and Desistance: The Influence of Children in Women's Offending"

Dissertation Committee: Motherhood and Desistance: The Influence of Children in Women's Offendingcommittee

Kimberly Pitts - PhD

2010 Fall

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Campbellsville University

Dissertation Title: "Latina Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence: Likelihood of Reporting to Mid-South Police"

Dissertation Committee: Latina Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence: Likelihood of Reporting to Mid-South Policecommittee

Nafisa Halim - PhD

2010 Summer

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Boston University

Dissertation Title: "Human Development in Poor Countries: Bangladesh in Comparative Perspective"

Dissertation Committee: Human Development in Poor Countries: Bangladesh in Comparative Perspectivecommittee

Chalane E. Lechuga - PhD

2010 Summer

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dissertation Title: ""They'll expect more bad things from us.": Latino/a Youth Constructing Identities in a Racialized High School in New Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: "They'll expect more bad things from us.": Latino/a Youth Constructing Identities in a Racialized High School in New Mexicocommittee

W. Azul La Luz B. - PhD

2009 Fall

Current Position: Director or the Health and Human Services for the Pueblo of Ildefonso

Dissertation Title: "Hispanos in the Valley of Death: Street-Level Trauma, Cultural-PTSD, Overdoses, and Suicides in North Central New Mexico"

Dissertation Committee: Hispanos in the Valley of Death: Street-Level Trauma, Cultural-PTSD, Overdoses, and Suicides in North Central New Mexicocommittee

Kevin LaPoint - PhD

2009 Fall

Dissertation Title: "Liberal and Devout: the Sources of Enthusiasm and Organizational Commitment Within the Liberal Religious Niche"

Dissertation Committee: Liberal and Devout: the Sources of Enthusiasm and Organizational Commitment Within the Liberal Religious Nichecommittee

Yossef Ben-Meir - PhD

2009 Spring

Current Position: President of Operations, High Atlas Foundation

Dissertation Title: "Participatory development and its emergence in the fields of community and international development"

Dissertation Committee: Participatory development and its emergence in the fields of community and international developmentcommittee

Aaron N. Diaz - MA

2009 Summer

Dissertation Title: "The impact of Indian gaming on educational attainment & poverty among native American tribes"

Dissertation Committee: The impact of Indian gaming on educational attainment & poverty among native American tribescommittee

Marjorie S. McConnell - PhD

2009 Summer

Current Position: Director of Core Services, Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)

Dissertation Title: "Comparing the effectiveness of Hantavirus outreach in NW New Mexico, Panama, and Chile"

Dissertation Committee: Comparing the effectiveness of Hantavirus outreach in NW New Mexico, Panama, and Chilecommittee

Chris D. Volke - MA

2008 Fall

Dissertation Title: "An assessment of four Christian denominations' ideology toward homosexuality"

Dissertation Committee: An assessment of four Christian denominations' ideology toward homosexualitycommittee

Brenda L. Green - MA

2008 Spring

Dissertation Title: "'Carving our own niche': Arab American women's discourses of gender ideals in marriage"

Dissertation Committee: 'Carving our own niche': Arab American women's discourses of gender ideals in marriagecommittee

Geshu Zhu - MA

2008 Summer

Dissertation Title: "Globalization or regionalization : geographical patterns and the dynamics of foreign direct investment in the contemporary world automotive industry"

Dissertation Committee: Globalization or regionalization : geographical patterns and the dynamics of foreign direct investment in the contemporary world automotive industrycommittee