Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the MPP
Melissa Binder has been a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico since 1995 and the Director of the MPP since its inception in 2017. Her research and policy interests include labor market and educational equity, and among her publications are analyses of the motherhood wage gap, gender equity in faculty pay, and the socio-economic achievement gap in higher education. Dr. Binder founded and now directs the UNM Evaluation Lab, the goal of which is to train community evaluators and spread evaluation capacity to nonprofits throughout New Mexico.
Graduate Director and Professor of Sociology
Dr. Broidy's research areas include: Crime, Law, and Social Control, Gender, Criminology, Criminological Theory, Female Offending, Developmental Criminology, Collateral Consequences of Incarceration, and Domestic Violence
Associate Professor of Politcial Science
Chris Butler obtained his BA from the University of Rochester in 1994, and his MA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University (1995 and 2000, respectively). Professor Butler focuses on understanding political conflict: When do conflicts of interest turn violent? How do conflicts of interest get resolved? What are the consequences of institutional design choices on conflict? He addresses these questions in a variety of substantive areas, including: human rights, civil war, political aspects of sexual violence, and interstate conflict. Professor Butler also applies a variety of research methods to understand political conflict. These methods include statistical analysis (for testing relationships), game-theoretic models, and computer simulations.
Affiliated Professor of Public Administration
Dr. Cahill is nationally recognized for his work in the areas of evaluation and research methodology; outcomes and performance-based research; the design, implementation and analysis of large-scale mail and telephone surveys; database and decision support system development; and applied statistical analysis. He serves on numerous boards and commissions in the field of disability, including serving as Chair of the New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability.
Before moving to New Mexico in 1997, he was Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and Director of Research and Technology for the School’s Institute for Public Sector Innovation; Director of Graduate Programs in Public Administration at the University of Maine; and a member of the faculty of the Department of Public Administration at Penn State University.
He received his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany, his master's degrees from Colgate University and the University of Pittsburgh for his doctorate.
Senior Lecturer III of Economics and Director of the Evaluation Lab
Claudia Díaz-Fuentes received her PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focused on inter-vivos transfers, particularly in evaluating the motives associated to permanency of financial transfers and their role in old age income security. Her health research has focused on utilization and access to care among Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the United States. In particular, her interests include the role of the demand for screening and treatment of several prevalent conditions among Hispanics, such as mental health illnesses, breast cancer and musculoskeletal and respiratory illnesses, and the long-term impact of these conditions on income security. Claudia started teaching introductory economics and intermediate microeconomics in her home country (El Salvador), where she also recently taught time series econometrics. Her teaching interests also include health, development and labor economics.
Department Chair and Professor of Political Science
Professor Timothy Krebs teaches courses in American politics with a specialization in urban politics, public policy, and campaigns and elections. His research focuses on urban elections and campaigns and urban policy. In addition to teaching and research, Professor Krebs serves as department chair. Prior to UNM, he taught at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Dr. León-Moreta received his BS in Economics from the Catholic University of Ecuador, his country of origin, and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Public Administration and Policy from the Florida State University (with a cumulative GPA of 4.0). He is a former Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of several awards and grants, including the Ruth Cox Dissertation Award of the Florida Public Affairs Center and the FSU Dissertation Research Grant. A former practitioner, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service of Ecuador in senior positions. His areas of expertise include public finance, municipal organization, and functional responsibilities of municipal governments such as public saftey and land policy.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Xiaoxue Li specializes in Public Economics, with a particular emphasis on health care policy, social insurance, and program evaluation. Prior to joining UNM, she received a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University in 2015.
Professor of Sociology
Dr. Lopez's research interests include: Race and Ethnicity, Education, Gender, Inequality, "Race," Racialization, Gender, Intersectionality, Education, Health, Latina/o/x Studies, Qualitative Methods, Engaged Scholarship, and Public Sociology
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Professor of Political Science
Dr. Deborah R. McFarlane is a Professor and Regents Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. She holds a doctorate in public health (DrPH, Health Policy and Management) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, an MPA (Public Administration and Policy) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an MPH (Population and Reproductive Health) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University with a major in Sociology (Demography), where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She has also held faculty appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Regents' Professor and Director, School of Public Administration
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Professor Perlman specializes in public management, organizational behavior, and institutional reform, focusing on policy, technology, and information systems.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Thomas' research interests include: Social Networks, Interpersonal Relationships, and Homophily/Segregation