Department News, February 2024

Departmental News

Posted: Mar 01, 2024 - 12:00am


Jessica Goodkind and PhD alum Ryora Choe, along with colleagues, published an article entitled “Measuring Culturally and Contextually Specific Distress Among Afghan, Iraqi, and Great Lakes African Refugees” in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Eli Wilson published an article titled “Handcrafted Careers: How Workers Navigate Racialized Career Pathways in the Craft Beer Industry” in the journal Social Problems:


Invited Talks, Conference Presentations, Keynotes

Nancy López spoke on a webinar convened by the White House for Black History Month, entitled: "Conversaciones con Líderes Series:  Afro-Latino Excellence in Higher Education" on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Nancy López will give a keynote on 3/12 at 12noon entitled, "No se puede tapar el sol con un dedo/You Can't Cover the Sun with a Finger": Keep Separate Questions on Race and Ethnicity in Federal Standards & the Urgency of Intersectionality as a New Vision for Advancing Equity in HSIs and beyond," for the 2024 Research Analytics Summit funded by the National Science Foundation at Embassy Suites, Albuquerque, NM. More info:

Ranita Ray talked about her book Violent Schools as a keynote speaker at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's The Ethnography in Education Research Forum Annual 2025 Conference.


Awards and Honors

Ranita Ray's book tentatively titled, "Violent Schools: Slow Death in the American Classroom (St. Martin’s)," was shortlisted for the Columbia Journalism School 2024 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award.

Graduate student Vittoria Totaro was selected as a Lobo Leader, an award given “to recognize students who have taken leadership roles on campus and been involved with organizations, activities, and events."


Public Engagement, Public-facing Scholarship, and News Coverage

Graduate student Emily Ahrend received an official nomination from the council members of the City of Albuquerque's Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council (ADAAC) to serve as a council member. ADAAC council members advise the Mayor and City Council on issues affecting people with disabilities and directly address discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the provision of services, programs, and hiring or employment practices. 

Based partly on his experiences in social medicine serving refugees from Central America, Howard Waitzkin(distinguished professor emeritus) recently wrote an article on the impacts of Israel outside Palestine: Preventative Medicine Needed: Israel’s Roles in Genocides, Dictatorships, and Repression Around the World. He welcomes any responses/dialogue around these issues. (2024) and republished: