RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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Senior Fellows

  • Distinguished Professor

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

  • Lecturer III: African American Studies

    He has conducted interdisciplinary research, taught and practiced in local, national and global settings in nursing, medicine and international health. Alongside his complex problem solving (interdisciplinary) research and teaching interests lies African-Iberian historiography, the Moors, the ancient manuscripts of fabled Timbuktu, the study of Islam in Africa and the Americas, and Africa in antiquity.

  • Associate Professor, Economics

    Dr. Shana McDermott is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics.

  • Assistant Professor

    Jami Nelson-Nuñez is an assistant professor of political science.  Her work focuses on the challenges of development and extending basic services to the poor in developing contexts.  Her recent project explores the political effects of non-governmental organizations on local politics in developing contexts, investigating the ways that NGO service provision affects local government’s support for public health services.  As a policy area, Dr. Nelson-Nuñez focuses on water, sanitation and health, especially the goal of achieving universal access to drinking water and improved sanitation.  Her research is based in the Peruvian Amazon where she directed a four-year NSF-funded project with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and social scientists to explore the sustainability of water and sanitation infrastructure in rural and peri-urban communities.

  • Assistant Professor

    Sara Niedzwiecki is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She received her BA in International Studies from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella (2005) and her MA (2010) and PhD (2014) in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in comparative politics and methodology. Her work on the politics of social policy and on multilevel governance has been published by Oxford University Press, Latin American Politics and Society, International Political Science Review, and editorials in Brazil, Germany, and Spain.