Senior Fellows

Kate Cartwright

Kate
Cartwright
Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration
505 277-1092
Biography 

Dr. Cartwright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and a Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Her research examines how structural factors and social determinants of health influence racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. She has also done comparative health systems research. Dr. Cartwright volunteered with AmeriCorps as a legal advocate for immigrant youth in federal detention in El Paso, Texas. She has worked on a range of projects with immigrant communities in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is a former Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow, where she spent a year in residence at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Cartwright received her PhD in Sociology from Emory University and a MA in English from Lehigh University.

Research Interests 

Dr. Cartwright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and a Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Her research examines how structural factors and social determinants of health influence racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. She has also done comparative health systems research. Dr. Cartwright volunteered with AmeriCorps as a legal advocate for immigrant youth in federal detention in El Paso, Texas. She has worked on a range of projects with immigrant communities in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is a former Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow, where she spent a year in residence at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Cartwright received her PhD in Sociology from Emory University and a MA in English from Lehigh University.

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I am interested in how health policies address or fail to address diversity in both the policy itself and the implementation of the policy. I am also interested in how immigration and education policy reforms influence health outcomes, behaviors, and disparities.

Lisa Cacari Stone, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.

Lisa
Stone
(505) 690-4404
Biography 

Associate Professor, Director, Community Engagement Core NM CARES Health Disparities Center, Senior Fellow, RWJF Center for Health Policy
Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of New Mexico

Research Interests 

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy with the Public Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Senior Fellow with the RWJF Center for Health Policy. Her research interests span across a range of social determinants of population health.

Her investigations encompass the macro-level determinants of health and access to health care (e.g. migration, immigration policy, political ideologies), to the community level (e.g. social and contextual influences of substance use for immigrant women), to the individual level (e.g. psychosocial risks factors for hypertension management among Latinos).

Her studies along the U.S.-Mexico border have involved multi-disciplinary collaborations (e.g. economics, medical sociology, anthropology) with community and academic partners to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions and policies that promote health equity. From 2010 to 2012 she was the Principle Investigator for a Comparative Effectiveness Research project in collaboration with Hidalgo Medical Services (NIH/NIMHHD). This two-year project evaluated and compared a primary care/community health worker intervention to just primary care for medically underserved Latino rural border residents diagnosed with hypertension.

Other recent projects include a bi-national comparison of Mexican women’s perceptions on access to health care in two colonias in the Paso del Norte region, a study of county-state policy responses to health and welfare eligibility and benefits immigrants in the U.S. and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to health care for vulnerable children and families in New Mexico.

Dr. Cacari Stone is Director of the Community Engagement Core under the P20 funded Disparities research Center funded by the National Institutes of Health and was elected to the Expert Research Panel of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and is currently a fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Chris Burch Minority Leadership Program.

Ricky Lee Allen

Ricky
Allen
Associate Professor
505 277-7247
Biography 

Dr. Ricky Lee Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies at UNM.

Research Interests 

Dr. Ricky Lee Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies at UNM. He received his Ph.D. in Education (Urban Schooling) from UCLA. He specializes in critical studies of race, critical pedagogy, and critical social theory. His scholarship focuses on the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of White identity politics. Dr. Allen's work addresses the material and psychic violence of structural racism and its relationship to white psychology. As an intervention, he labors to reimagine how whites can respond positively to systemic white power and privilege.

Meriah Griego

Meriah
Griego
Research Assistant Professor, Director for Center for Education Policy Research
505 277-1180
Biography 

Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as a research assistant professor at the Center for Education Policy Research and the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico.

Research Interests 

Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as a research assistant professor at the Center for Education Policy Research and the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico. Within this position she conducts research and evaluation on several large-scale projects, including the Lumina Latino Student Success Initiative, WKKF New Mexico Learning and Evaluation Consortium, and U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Training investments in New Mexico. During the NM legislative session, she serves as the UNM Legislative Bill Tracker conducting legislative bill and policy analysis. She has over ten years of experience in working on college readiness, access, persistence, and graduation issues with students, families, leaders, and policymakers. She teaches courses for emerging educational leaders in the areas of policy research and politics in the College of Education, Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Program. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Chicano Studies and Masters of Community and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of New Mexico. In 2013, she earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University.

Gabe Sanchez

Gabriel
Sanchez
Associate Professor of Political Science
505 277-5104
Biography 

Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico

Research Interests 

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. He is also Director of Research for Latino Decisions and the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training Program.

Sanchez received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health policy, and minority legislative behavior. His work has been published a wide range of academic journals and is also a co-author of, Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino Politics textbooks in colleges today. He recently edited Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter. Sanchez has been the principal or co-principal investigator on several large-scale surveys, including the Latino Decisions National Poll on Health Care Reform (2009), and the Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Study (2008). Professor Sanchez has provided political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets. 

As the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Dr. Sanchez is engaged in several research projects focused on Latino health policy. This work includes a survey in development funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) focused on identifying best practices for engaging the Hispanic population in the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Sanchez is also the Director of Research for Latino Decisions, the leading survey firm focused on the Latino population. A leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics, Dr. Sanchez provides political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets.

Awards and Grants

Dr. Sanchez has received several campus wide awards for his mentoring and service efforts, including the "Luminaria" UNM Presidential Award for Commitment to Diversity in 2010. Dr. Sanchez was awarded the 'Best Article Published' in PRQ in 2011 at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and was more recently awarded the 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2013 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Previously, Dr. Sanchez coauthored papers awarded 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2008 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and 'Best Paper on State Politics and Policy' at the 2009 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Sanchez is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation focused on the impact of the recent economic recession on foreign-born, Latino and African American populations of the United States.

A native New Mexican, Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

See his official bio page here.

Jane B. Lancaster

Jane
Lancaster
Distinguished Professor
505 990-8536
Biography 

Health Policy-related areas of interest:
Human reproductive biology and the onset, spacing and number of children through the life course.

Research Interests 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Primate Behavior
  • Life History Strategies
  • Human Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology and Biology of  Human Reproduction and Sex Roles

I have been most active in the development of the field of Human Evolutionary Ecology in Anthropology. As part of this initiative, I established the Human Evolutionary Ecology graduate training program in UNM’s Department of Anthropology that has granted 32 PhDs since 1992. All but one of these students has a tenure track position, a postdoctoral award or is in biomedical research.
I also edited a series of volumes using an evolutionary ecology/life history perspective under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council: Child Abuse and Neglect (1987), Parenting Across the Life Span (1987) and School‑Age Pregnancy and Parenthood (1986), published by Aldine de Gruyter.  The latter two volumes were also released as second editions in 2008 and 2011 by AldineTransaction Publishers. 
Lastly, in 1990 I established Human Nature: An Inter­dis­ci­plinary Biosocial Perspective, a journal published by Springer.Science. The Human Behavior and Evolution Society and The International Society for Human Ethology have endorsed the journal to their members.  It is also the associated journal for the Evolutionary Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association.  It has received top ratings on the basis of its citation indices:
The most recent Scimago Journal Rank for Human Nature was 31st out of 409 Social Science (miscellaneous) journals. Its SJR rating is 0.161 and its H Index is 35. SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact on its field, based on the number of citations and number of articles per publication year as well as the ranking of the citing journals.  The Journal Citation Reports ranking is 10th out of 80 Anthropology journals and 7th out of 37 Social Science/Biomedical journals. Their recently announced 1-year impact factor is 1.955 and the 5-year Impact Factor is 2.482. Human Nature has also recently been accepted for a listing with PubMed which increases its visibility in the medical sciences.

Sarah Stith

Sarah
Stith
Assistant Professor of Economics
(505) 277-5304
Biography 

Applied Microeconomics, Health Economics, and Law and Economics

Bill Smith

Bill
Smith
Executive Director, The National Coalition of STD
202-550-2546
Biography 

Seasoned, respected, and collaborative  leader on health equity and sexual and reproductive health polic) /advocacy with significant experience and exposure at the international, national and state levels. Success in working with Boards of Directors and in managing large budgets, projects and staff. Demonstrated ability to create and communicate complex  program and policy initiatives to potential donors and considerable experience in direct donor cultivation.  Excellent writing skills with hundreds of pieces published.  Exceptional verbal communication skills delivering speeches and talks to multiple types of audiences from national legislatures to community-based groups.

David Sklar

David
Sklar
Associate Dean & DIO: Graduate Medical Education
505 272-5062
Biography 

David Sklar MD is a Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine at UNM Health Sciences Center. He has an MD degree from Stanford, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He completed an RWJ Health Policy Fellowship in 2012 in Washington DC, serving on the staff of the Senate Finance Committee. He has written articles on patient safety, managed care, health care quality, medical-legal issues, health care communications, medical education, medical error, emergency care, ethics, and global health. He has been Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Chair of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Staff of UNM Hospital. He has received the Leadership award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and recently was named the recipient of the 2014 James Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Sklar currently serves as Editor in Chief of the journal Academic Medicine.

Mark Peceny

Mark
Peceny
Dean: College of Arts and Sciences
505 277-7381
Biography 

Professor Peceny studies democracy, dictatorship, and the international system. Much of his research examines how liberal culture and republican institutions of government shape the behavior of democracies in international politics and how international actors shape processes of democratization within states.

Research Interests 

Professor Peceny studies democracy, dictatorship, and the international system. Much of his research examines how liberal culture and republican institutions of government shape the behavior of democracies in international politics and how international actors shape processes of democratization within states. Professor Peceny's book, Democracy at the Point of Bayonets, and related articles, are placed at the intersection of these two concerns. This work examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions over the past century and argues that America's liberalism shapes its policies in two distinct ways depending on whether the initiative for the adoption of "pro-liberalization" policies comes from the president or the Congress. More broadly, this work argues that the promotion of democracy during military interventions is one of the central ways in which the United States attempts to reconcile the potential contradictions involved in being a liberal dominant power. Perhaps surprisingly, his research provides statistical evidence that the promotion of democracy during military interventions can successfully build liberal democratic institutions in target countries.

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