Scholars

The RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico is a physical, educational and cultural home for promising health policy scholars and researchers. The varied knowledge, background, and experience of its fellows enable the center to address the full spectrum of issues that affect health and health care in our communities.

Meet the Scholars

  • Political Science Doctoral Student

    Brooke is a first-year CHP doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy and a doctoral student in political science focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics subfields. She obtained a double bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in International Politics and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Brooke completed the Ronald E. McNair scholars program. She has presented her McNair research on gender inequality and poverty in Latin America at the MPSA conference. Currently, her research interests broadly include the intersectionality between health inequities within African American communities, human rights violations, and how race and gender issues impact poverty in developing countries.

  • Dr. Vargas obtained his PhD in Public Affairs/Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. Since then, he has held teaching-focused postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina and the University of New Mexico, as well as a visiting lecturer position at Indiana University. He looks forward to having protected research time to focus on his research. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families, as well as the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity