RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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Senior Fellows

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

    Professor Rocca received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  He is currently an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.  Professor Rocca's subfield is American politics and his primary research and teaching interests relate to American national institutions, particularly the US Congress.  Most of his work deals with the politics of congressional position taking.  He also conducts research on Latino politics in the US Congress.  Professor Rocca's work appears in Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics.  He has a forthcoming article in Journal of Politics as well.  Professor Rocca is an award winning instructor who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, the US Congress and the American presidency.  He is currently the director of the Political Science Undergraduate Honors Program.

  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center; Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Dean, UNM School of Medicine Office of Diversity; Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine

    Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott received her B.A. degree at Harvard University of Cambridge, MA in 1982. Shortly after, she went on to attend the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine from 1987 through 1992 and received her Medical Degree.

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

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

  • Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, UNM School of Medicine

    Victoria Sánchez is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program (PHP). She earned her M.P.H. at the University of California at Berkeley and her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs the PHP Community Health Concentration track and teaches social and behavioral sciences courses for the PHP. Over the last two decades she’s worked with communities, public health organizations, and schools in research designed to test, disseminate, or diffuse prevention programs in New Mexico, Texas, California and North Carolina. Dr. Sánchez has a long-standing commitment to participatory planning and evaluation processes with communities and public health organizations.

  • Research Faculty

    Shannon's research interests lie in the social determinants of health, particularly how racism impacts Latina women's health.