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

  • UNM Health Policy Fellow

    Barbara is a doctoral student in political science and a Health Policy Doctoral Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, where she studies racial and health disparities of minority and immigrant populations in the United States.

    Barbara served as research intern at the Migration Policy Institute, providing support for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program in issues such as immigration enforcement and deferred action. She also worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, doing research on immigration enforcement policies, unaccompanied minors and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and the Cross Border Issues Group, studying migration from Mexico and Central America to the United States. Barbara served as research and legal assistant for several years, working with refugees from Congo and the Great Lake region of Africa, immigrant victims of crimes, young unauthorized immigrants and international students and scholars.

    As a first generation student and as an immigrant herself, Barbara wants to create rights-based policy change to advance minority rights. 

  • Postdoc at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health at the University of Michigan

    Michael Muhammad received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in 2014. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Florida A & M University and a Master of Arts in sociology from Cleveland State University. His research interests include health inequalities for indigenous populations, poverty and racial discrimination.