“MMUF is a network. And I think that over time, the reverberating effects of this network are going to be very, very substantial. As the numbers continue to grow...you begin to get a second- and a third-generation effect...I think that's going to be powerful.”

~ William G. Bowen, co-founder of MMUF and former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Faculty Mentors


Anna Alonso Minutti Ana Alonso-Minutti

Dr. Alonso-Minutti is an Associate Professor of Music and faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM. Alonso-Minutti’s scholarship focuses on experimental and avant-garde expressions, music traditions from Mexico and the US-Mexico border, and music history pedagogy. Moreover, she is interested in exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, religion, and sexuality in music/sound practices. As an extension of her written scholarship, she directed and produced the video documentary Cubos y permutaciones: plástica, música y poesía de vanguardia en México, which was exhibited at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City in 2017.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Davis
    • M.A., Musicology, University of California, Davis
    • B.A., Music, Universidad de las Americas

Kency Cornejo Kency Cornejo

Dr. Cornejo's research and pedagogy focus on art of Central America and its US-based diaspora, visual politics and activism in Latin America, and decolonizing methodologies in art. Specifically, she explores creative responses to femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights in Central America, as well as the role of visuality in colonization and decolonial methodologies in contemporary art. Dr. Cornejo is completing her book manuscript which analyzes the last twenty-five years of art and decoloniality in Central America, and she is beginning a second manuscript on forty years of political art in El Salvador. Dr. Cornejo was named a 2017 awardee of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Art History, Duke University
    • M.A., University of Texas Austin
    • B.A., University of California Los Angeles

MyrriahGomez Myrriah Gomez

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 Spaces. She is a proud Nuevomexicana, who is always in search of ways to better the lives of New Mexicans.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., English, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • M.A., University of New Mexico
    • B.A., New Mexico Highlands University

Chris Koops Chris Koops

Dr. Koops' primary research area is variationist sociolinguistics, specifically sociophonetics. In this area, he is especially interested in language and dialect contact phenomena, such as the segmental and suprasegmental features of Spanish-influenced varieties of English as well as other ethnic varieties of North American English. Dr. Koops is also conducting research on contact varieties of Spanish in the Americas, including New Mexican and Peruvian Spanish. A second research focus of mine is the quantitative analysis of grammatical constructions and their discourse functions, including information structure constructions and discourse markers. In his work on Oklahoma Cherokee, Dr. Koops is applying phonetic methods to language revitalization in the context of the complex tone phonology of Cherokee.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Linguistics, Rice University

Tim Krebs Tim Krebs

Dr. Krebs is currently studying rhetoric in U.S.. mayoral campaigns, with the goal of understanding campaign strategy. Using a unique data set of candidates’ television advertisements, this work examines issue and trait speech, as well as the tone of ads aired by mayoral candidates in the U.S.. His urban policy research focuses on the effect that political, demographic and institutional variables have on policy outputs. Dr. Krebs's work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Administration Review, State and Local Government Review, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has also authored or co-authored book chapters on city councils, urban elections and campaigns, and the link between urban elections and policy responsiveness in edited volumes.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Political Science, Loyola University Chicago
    • M.A., Political Science, Loyola University
    • B.A., Political Science, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

NancyLopez Nancy Lopez

Dr. Nancy Lopez is professor of sociology and directs the Insitute for the Study of Race and Social Justice. Her scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality --the importance of examining race, gender, class, ethnicity together--for interrogating inequalities across a variety of social outcomes, including education, health, employment, housing, and developing contextualized solutions that advance social justice. Dr. López is completing demographic profiles of New Mexico that examines trends in race-gender-class gaps in income, employment and wealth as well as the impact of school-level resources on college graduation at a large public university in the Southwest. 

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Sociology, City University of New York
    • B.A., Sociology, Columbia University

Ann Murphy Ann Murphy

Dr. Murphy's areas of specialization are Social and Political Philosophy, Gender Theory, and 20th Century Continental Philosophy. Her research interests lie principally with the themes of embodiment and violence. Dr. Murphy recently completed her first book manuscript, entitled Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (SUNY 2012), which examines the proliferation of images of violence in philosophical writing on embodiment and identity, particularly in the tradition of Continental feminist theory.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Memphis
    • B.A., Grinnell College

PatriciaPerea Patricia Perea

Dr. Patricia Marie Perea's research focuses on Chicana/o Autobiography and Chicana/o Film. While a graduate student she published two scholarly reviews in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicana and Chicano Studies and The Journal of Education Studies. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Patricia left New Mexico to teach Native American Studies and Chicana/o Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2012, she left Brown to return to New Mexico. Since returning to New Mexico, Dr. Perea has become involved in non-profit organizations such as Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute in Santa Clara Pueblo. She is also the chair of the Chicana/o Studies Lecture Series. Currently, Patricia is beginning her latest research project on the racialization of Mexican Americans and Mexicana/os in the Texas Panhandle. She is also a recently published poet and reads her work at local venues around New Mexico. A great-great granddaughter of Martita Baca, a Dilia weaver and colchera, Patricia has also taken up weaving and colcha.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., American Studies, University of New Mexico
    • MA, English, University of Texas at Austin
    • BA, English, West Texas A&M University

Irene Vasquez Irene Vásquez

Dr. 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, published by the University of New Mexico Press. 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. Dr. Vásquez is currently working on publications centering on immigrant and human rights organizing in the U.S.. In addition, she has previously published essays on Indigenous peoples in what is today northern Mexico. Her current project is a history survey of Chicana women in the U.S.

  • Educational History
    • Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles
    • BA, History, University of California, Los Angeles