September 2021 Department News and Publications

Departmental News

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 - 12:01pm

Professional Advances and Awards 

Carmela Roybal completed her PhD degree and has accepted a post doc position at UCD Dublin, in the College of Social Sciences and Law/ School of Social Policy, Social Work, and Social Justice.  The post doc will focus on gender equity and women's health.   

Rich Wood and his co-authors (Brad Fulton and Michelle Oyakawa) have been awarded the Editor’s Prize for Volume 30 from the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership and Wiley, for their 2019 article, “Critical Standpoint: Leaders of Color Advancing Racial Equality in Predominantly White Organizations." This year’s award is also sponsored by American University’s School of Public Affairs.  



Park, Kiwoong and Tse-Chuan Yang. 2021. "The Wealth–Health Relationship by Race/Ethnicity: Evidence from a Longitudinal Perspective," Sociological Forum. [online first]  

López, Nancy and Howard Hogan. 2021. “What’s Your Street Race? The Urgency of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as Lenses for Revisiting the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Guidelines, Census and Administrative Data in Latinx Communities and Beyond,” Genealogy 5: 75:1-23.  

Wilson, E. R. (2021). "Panethnic Boundaries and the Making of White-collar Minority Identity in Hawai’i,Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 1-19. 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad's book manuscript -- equally co-authored with Colin Beck, Mlada Bukovansky, Erica Chenoweth, George Lawson, and Daniel Ritter -- is under contract with Oxford University Press. The book, entitled On Revolutions: Unruly Politics in the Contemporary World, will be released in the summer of 2022.  


Public engagement, public-facing scholarship, and news coverage  

Nancy López presented (7/29/21) on street race, intersectionality for equity-based policy making to the Government Office of Accountability (over hundred participants from a variety of federal agencies). 

Eli Wilson was interviewed about his book Front of the House, Back of the House on NMPBS In Focus. 


Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships  

Jessica Goodkind received a  $3.3 million grant from NIH/National Institute of Mental Health called Multilevel Community-Based Mental Health Intervention to Address Structural Inequities and Adverse Disparate Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic on Latinx Immigrants and African Refugees to test the effectiveness of a community-based peer advocacy, mutual learning, and social support intervention (Refugee and Immigrant Well-being Project) to reduce several negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic that are disproportionately impacting Latinx and Black populations: psychological distress, economic precarity, and daily stressors. In partnership with five community-based organizations that focus on mental health, legal, education, and youth issues with Latinx immigrants and African refugees, we will also be able to examine the effects of people’s involvement with community-based organizations (CBOs) and test the ability of the RIWP intervention and engagement with CBOs to increase access to the direct benefits of structural interventions (local/state relief-related policies) and to achieve system change. 

Jessica Goodkind received a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation called Refugee Well-being Project: Early Childhood Education Innovations to support United Voices for Newcomer Rights (UVNR) to build its independence, reputation, and sustainability as a nonprofit. UVNR was formed to create a home for the long-standing UNM Refugee Well-being Project (operating through UNM since 2006) and to develop a refugee-led organization with full-time paid positions for refugee leaders in the community with an explicit focus on social justice, racial equity, leadership development, and system change. This grant also partners with the Albuquerque Islamic Center to transform educational systems in New Mexico and increase access to, engagement in, and quality of culturally grounded early childhood education. 

Nancy López along with other senior experts will be part of a three-year grant and network (based at Humboldt University) of multi-disciplinary international scholars that will work toward taking inventory of the state of the art in the operationalization of discrimination in minoritized groups in Germany and the international context, as well as pilot surveys and advance the academic and public debate on this topic.  The network is funded by the German Research Foundation (GRF) and will launched in November 2021. The principal investigators are Dr. Linda Supik and Dr. Anne-Kathrin Will. Other experts that will be part of the network include: Aladin El-Mafaalani (GER), Naika Foroutan (GER), Anthony Heath (UK), Christian Imdorf (GER), Cornelia Kristen (GER), Jon Krosnick (US), Rossalina Latcheva (AT) , Noa Lewin-Epstein (ISR), Jennifer Leeman (US), Paul Mecheril (GER), Ann Morning (US), Oliver Razum (GER), David Richter (GER), Regina Römhild (GER), Wendy Roth (US), Jürgen Schupp (GER), Patrick Simon (FR), Mark Trappmann (GER), Vassilis Tsianos (GER), Dvora Yanow (NL). In their proposal, Co-PIs explain that a fundamental premise of the network is that to describe multidimensional and complex social oppression through data collection and analysis, we must interrogate how discrimination happens through "the gaze of others" (e.g., socially assigned race/ascribed race/street race, etc.). 

Katherine Rickers was accepted into the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Grand Challenge Graduate Student Scholars Program.