Scholars

  • Andrea Lopez, grew up along the United States/Mexico border, in El Paso, Texas, and completed her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology at San Francisco State University, with a focus on urban anthropology and substance use.

    In 2007, she received a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

  • Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Health

    Julie was born and raised in northern New Mexico's Espanola Valley, known as a tri-cultural area consisting largely of Spanish, Mexican and Native American populations. She completed her graduate work at the UNM Dept. of Communication & Journalism in Health Communication. Her past research collaborations include Principal Investigator on a health disparities project, in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and UNM HSC Office for Diversity on institutional faculty and student recruitment policies, and UNM Cancer Center population science efforts. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Eastern Washington

    Dr. Munchnik-Izon earned his PhD in economics from the University of New Mexico. He was a Doctoral Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM, and is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. His specialty areas are environmental and health economics.

     

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