"Since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, several persons, especially those seeking data for an article or book, have asked me whether I knew in what way I was influencing his life. The answer is an unqualified 'No.' There is no way one can know the degree of influence one has upon another.” ~ Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, in Born to Rebel

Advisory Board


Stephen Bishop

Stephen Bishop

Dr. Stephen Bishop received his PhD in French & Francophone Literature from the University of Michigan. His areas of specialization are African literature and culture and the intersection of law and literature, exemplified in his book, Legal Oppositional Narrative: A Case Study in Cameroon (2008). The book examines ways in which people contest the dominant legal and social order in Cameroon through reading and writing legal stories that ironically portray the inadequacies of current government policies. He worked previously as a lawyer on the Navajo Nation for a legal services corporation (DNA: People's Legal Services), primarily in the areas of government benefits, domestic violence, commercial fraud, Indian law, and family law. 

Kency Cornejo

Kency Cornejo

Dr. Kency Cornejo is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American art in the department of Art and Art History. Her research and teaching interests center on the intersection between race, gender and coloniality and the resulting decolonial methodologies, visualities and gestures in art. Topics she explores include creative responses to femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights and epistemologies. She especially theorizes decolonial methodologies as manifested in performance art, conceptual art, installation, and new media in the Americas. Currently, she is working on her first book manuscript based on Visual Disobedience: The Geopolitics of Experimental Art in Central America, 1990-Present.


Myrriah Gómez (MMUF Faculty Coordinator)

Dr. Myrriah Gómez, prior to joining the Honors College, was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico – Gallup. Myrriah received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies in 2011, which enabled her to return to New Mexico to conduct empirical and archival research for her dissertation.  She has taught courses in History, Chicana/o Studies, Humanities, and English departments across New Mexico and in Texas. She received the UNM Faculty of Color award for Teaching in 2015. Myrriah’s current book project is entitled Nuclear Nuevo México: Identity, Ethnicity, and Resistance in Atomic Third SpacesShe is a proud Nuevomexicana, who is always in search of ways to better the lives of New Mexicans.

Tiffany Florvil

Tiffany N. Florvil

Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil is an Assistant Professor of 20th-Century European Women’s and Gender History. She specializes in the histories of post-1945 Germany and Europe, the African diaspora, gender and sexuality, emotions and social movements. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Modern European History and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in European Women’s and Gender History.  She has chapters appearing in two forthcoming volumes: Audre Lorde's International Legacy: Essays on Encounters, Creativity and Activism and Discoursing Gender, Culture, and Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora. She is currently working on her manuscript tentatively entitled Making a Movement: A History of Afro-Germans, Emotions, and Belonging.

Anna Nogar

Anna M. Nogar

Dr. Anna M. Nogar specializes in colonial Mexican literature and culture, and Mexican American literature and cultural studies. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico ('00 B.S. Biochemistry, Spanish, Honors Program) and of The University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. Hispanic Literature and Mexican American Studies). Her research encompasses colonial Latin American literary studies, as well as borderlands texts from the 19th century onward, in particularly the bilingual writing of New Mexico. Her published books include Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico (2014), A History of Mexican Literature (2016), Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul (2017), as well as the forthcoming (2018) Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda, 1628- Present, a monograph on the writing, legacy, and mystical travels of 17th-century Spanish nun María de Jesús de Ágreda.  Dr. Nogar’s current projects include an anthology of 19th century New Mexican author Felipe M. Chacón, as well as trans-pacific cultural movements in colonial-era Mexico and the Philippines.

Irene Vasquez

Irene Vásquez

Dr. Irene Vásquez received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves as Director of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Irene Vásquez specializes in the intersectional histories and politics of Mexican-descent populations in the Americas. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. and transnational social and political movements. She co-authored a book on the Chicana and Chicano Movement titled, Making Aztlan: Ideology and Culture of the Chicana and Chicano Movement: Ideology, 1966-1977. She has written several essays in English and Spanish on the historic and contemporary relations between African Americans and Latin American descent peoples in the Americas. Irene Vásquez co-edited the The Borders In All of Us: New Approaches to Global Diasporic Societies, published by New World African Press. 

Advisory Board Ex Officio

  • Pam Agoyo, Director, American Indian Student Services
  • Brandi Stone, Director African American Student Services
  • Rosa Cervantes, Director, El Centro de la Raza
  • Tim Gutierrez, Associate Vice President, Student Services
  • Kiyoko Simmons, MMUF Administrative Coordinator, Honors College