“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

Amy L BrandzelAmy L. Brandzel

Amy Brandzel is an assistant professor of American Studies and Women Studies. As an intersectional, interdisciplinary scholar, her scholarship works across the connections and contradictions within feminist, GLBT/queer, postcolonial, and critical race theories on identity, citizenship, law, history, and knowledge production. 

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    • Ph.D., Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota
    • M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
    • B.A., History, University of California at Santa Cruz

Sarita CargasSarita Cargas

Sarita Cargas is an Assistant professor at the Honors College. Her teaching and research interest is human rights with an additional focus on explicitly teaching critical thinking. Her courses include the topics of the history of human rights: “A Humane Legacy”; a course on “Globalization and Human Rights” which uses food insecurity as a case study; “Solutions to Human Rights Problems” which emphasizes what various entities contribute to solving human rights abuses.  The critical thinking class: “Why People Believe Weird Things” has the dual goal of teaching students to be aware of the inherent biases in their thinking and provide the tools to become more sophisticated practitioners of thought.  She has forthcoming articles in Human Rights Quarterly and Honors in Practice, and is working on a book about how the biggest organizations promote human rights (governments, United Nations, NGOs, and multinational corporations.)

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    • D.Phil., Oxford University
    • Mst., Study of Relation, Oxford University
    • B.A., St. John's College

Jocelyn DeHaas

Jocelyn DeHaas is a adjunct Ethnology faculty in the Anthropology Department.

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    • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico
    • BS, Anthropology, Montana State University-Bozeman

Dawn NordquistDawn Nordquist

Dawn has been an instructor at the University of New Mexico since 2006 and joined the Department of Linguistics full-time in 2015. She enjoys teaching introductory courses that engage students with the discipline and that support the mission of the department. Her research investigates frequent usage patterns that impact structure, with a particular interest in semantic prosody and collocations. She is currently examining narrative structure and developing curricula around the use of narrative in the classroom.

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    • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of New Mexico
    • BA, French, California State University, Sonoma

Jami Nelson-NunezJami Nelson-Nuñez

Jami Nelson-Nuñez is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. She received her BA in International Affairs (1999) and MA (2009) and PhD (2014) in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder specializing in comparative politics, research methodology and policy. Her work focuses poverty in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on water and health, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local governance in Latin America. Her research agenda explores the challenges of development and extending basic services to the poor in developing contexts. One focal point of her work is interactions between civil society groups and local governments in decentralized settings. She investigates the impact of NGOs on political behavior and government service provision and identifying obstacles to effective collaboration between NGOs and local governments.

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    • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder
    • BA, International Affairs, University of Colorado Boulder

Catherine RhodesCatherine Rhodes

Areas of Research: Linguistic anthropology, semiotics, language diversity and cognition, bi- and multilingualism, social identification, discursive self-making, narrative, discourse analysis, scale, knowledge production, the production of expertise, indigeneity, modernity, relationship between cultural practices and cognitive development. Research regions: Yucatan, Mexico; Central Mexico; (new) Latino diaspora in the U.S.

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    • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
    • BA, Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael RoccaMichael Rocca

Michael Rocca 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 and campaign contributions, respectively. Professor Rocca's work appears in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Sciences Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics. 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 Graduate Program.

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    • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Davis (American Politics, Camparative Politics, Methodology)
    • BA, Political Science, California Polytechnic State University

Iain ThomsonIain Thomson

Iain Thomson is a professor of Philosophy. specializes in 19th-20th century continental philosophy, especially Heidegger, and is the author of more than two dozen articles and book chapters, as well asHeidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education (Cambridge UP, 2005). He recently finished a second book, Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity, and is currently working on two others: Heidegger: A Philosophical Biography; and Thinking Death after HeideggerProfessor Thomson regularly teaches "Introduction to Philosophy," "Existentialism," "Modern Political Philosophy," and various courses on contemporary continental philosophy, focusing on figures such as Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, or on issues like the philosophical significance of death, technology, and nihilism.

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    • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
    • BA, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

Ruth TrinidadRuth Trinidad Galvan

Ruth Trinidad Galvan is Associate Professor of Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies in the Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies Department. She is also adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies and the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program. She was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar’s Grant in 2008 and 2015 for research and teaching in Latin America; the AERA/Spencer Fellowship for her research in rural Mexico; and the University Libraries Faculty Acknowledgement Award and Faculty of Color Research Award. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Latinos and Education, which received the Critics Choice Award in 2010 from the American Educational Studies Association and the author of the newly released Women who stay behind: Pedagogies of survival in rural transmigration Mexico. She has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Latinos and Education since 2005 and collaborated with the Latino Education Advocacy Day Consortium that works at the national level on Latino education issues.

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    • Ph.D., Education, Culture and Society, University of Utah
    • MA, Educational Foundations, California State University, Los Angeles
    • BA, Economics/International Relations, University of California – Los Angeles

Marygold Walsh-DilleyMarygold Walsh-Dilley

Marygold Walsh-Dilley is Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Honors College. Her research focuses on the political economy of rural development, peasant and indigenous farming systems, food and agriculture, and the lived experiences and local negotiations of global social and agrarian change, primarily in the Bolivian Andes. A particular area of interest is the political economy and ecology of quinoa production, both in the Andes and the United States. She has spent significant time in rural Bolivia, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later studying Quechua and conducting ethnographic research in three rural Quechua villages. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Agriculture and Human Values and elsewhere. She teaches courses on food and agriculture, indigenous peoples and politics, and social theory.

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    • Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University
    • M.S., Applied Economics, Cornell University
    • B.A., International and Comparative Policy Studies, Reed College