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. 

  • Assistant Professor

    Tennille is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies and a faculty research affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU). She is a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and grew up on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Tennille’s dissertation examined the relationship among indigenous knowledge, land, history and diabetes on an American Indian reservation. Her current research includes examining structural determinants, particularly housing, and obesity in American Indian adolescents and examining American Indian reservations as segregated places. Currently, she is a co-principal investigator of a pilot grant through ASU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to understand more fully how traditional American Indian knowledge can further build and sustain Indian nations, communities, and organizations in Arizona in the areas of food sovereignty, health, language, and education. Dr. Marley earned her B.A. and M.P.H. from the University of Arizona and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.