Department News and Publications, January 2024

Departmental News

Posted: Feb 01, 2024 - 12:00am


 Nancy López and coauthors published an article titled “Toward a Latinx Stratification Economics” in The Review of Black Political Economy, 0(0).

Graduate student Alisa Rogers, along with Elizabeth Korver-Glenn and two other co-authors, published a paper in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies titled “Structured Encounters and Immigrant Experiences of Integration in Sweden."

Visiting Scholar Raquel Z. Rivera and co-authors, in collaboration with the reproductive justice organization Bold Futures NM, have a forthcoming article in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care titled “The Benefits of Licensed Midwifery and Community Birth in New Mexico"  This article was released as a preprint in 2023.

Invited Talks, Conference Presentations, Keynotes

Nancy López will speak on a panel on “Intersectionality, Servingness and Resilience in Academia” on February 13th virtual convening sponsored by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and US National Science Foundation (NSF) on “Promoting Diversity  and Inclusion in STEM in the Embassy Science Fellow Program.”

Graduate student Suyent Rodriguez attended a social transformation and social movements convening in Kalamazoo, MI hosted by Fetzer Institute. There, she facilitated a session on the role of narratives and emotions in religious and spiritually grounded social movements.

Grants, Fellowships, and Other Supports

Graduate student Suyent Rodriguez received a position as a graduate project assistant at African American Student Services coordinating the Ubuntu Research Program, a cohort-based research program for undergraduate students interested in anti-colonial and Black feminist methodologies. This research program is supported by a $25,000 grant from the University Innovation Alliance- Black Student Success Initiative. Suyent co-presented on the program at a retreat hosted by UIA in Indianapolis, IN.  

Presentations and Workshops, Public Engagement, Public-facing Scholarship, and News Coverage

Nancy López will speak about her research on intersectionality in higher education on Feb. 14th education panel for the 2024 National Legislative Conference of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) located in Washington DC, the nation’s oldest and largest Latino Civil Rights Organization, as they celebrate 95 years of action for social justice.

Nancy López’s grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was featured in the UNM news highlights

Alumni News

Dr. Carmela Roybal (PhD 2021) is Executive Director of the UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute. Dr. Roybal was recently appointed as a Senior Advisor to the White House. Dr. Roybal will serve in the immediate office of the director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Biden Harris administration. Dr. Roybal will collaborate across federal agencies to improve healthcare opportunities for tribal nations across the U.S. 

Dr. Chalane Lechuga (PhD 2007) was appointed as chair of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Dr. Ethel Nicdao (PhD 2006) was recently appointed Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Administration at Cal State East Bay.

Dr. Sylvanna Falcon (MA 2000), Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz elected president of Sociologists for Women in Society.