Doctoral Fellows

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Angelina is a doctoral student in political science. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude in political science. Angelina has also studied in universities in both Spain and Mexico, where she obtained a second degree in Spanish.

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Alma Angelica Hernandez was born in El Paso, TX, but lived in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico until the age of 10. Since, Alma has resided in the United States but commutes between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso frequently. Alma has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso and will be receiving her Masters Degree in Sociology in May of 2011. 
  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Melina was born and raised in a small, rural, farm community in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Her parents are Mexican immigrants from Guanajuato, Mexico who have inspired and pushed her to continue her education.
    She received her B.A. in political science from California State University, Stanislaus and completed her M.A. in Trans-Atlantic Politics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her M.A. thesis explored South-North migration with a focus on Mexico-U.S. and Morocco-Spain immigration issues. Her thesis analyzed push-and-pull factors of immigration, immigration policies, and the politics behind reclassifying immigrants as economic refugees.
    Along with her academic work, Melina is also an active part of her community. She is part of the Raza Graduate Student Association and various grassroots organizations and campaigns that tackle issues relating to immigration/immigrant rights, ethnic studies and education access, and LGBTQ issues.

  • RWJF Center for Health Policy Doctoral Fellow

    Yoshira D. Macias Mejia is a doctoral student in the department of political science. She is a first generation Mexican American and Southern California native. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also holds a M.A. in American Politics and Public Policy from the University of New Mexico. She has been graduate intern at the New Mexico State Department of Health. Through this internship she was able to gain insight as to how health policies affect non-English language speakers in New Mexico. This informs her research because she is able to use this knowledge for her future field work in New Mexico. Her rationale for pursuing health equity issues stem primarily from personal experience with family members.

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