Faculty Accomplishments

Significant ongoing accomplishments by UNM's School of Public Administration faculty.

(Listed Alphabetically)

Dr. Kate CartwrightDr. Kate Cartwright

In summer 2016, Professor Kate Cartwright co-led a study abroad program on Comparative Healthcare Systems in London, England, for Emory University with Emory Professor Emeritus John Boli. This course focused on issues and problems in health care delivery in Great Britain and the United States in addition to other countries. Emphasis was on the structure and outcomes of the US and UK health care systems, contrasting their evolution and current states, which included guest lectures from British professors and practitioners at University College London.

The class conducted site visits to the University College London Hospital emergency department, St. Christopher’s Hospice (the first hospice of the modern hospice movement), a general practitioner’s office, and the headquarters of the British Medical Association. Students’ culminating assessment was a hands-on survey research experience exploring British citizens’ views of the National Health Service (NHS).



Dr. Shane DayDr. Shane Day

Dr. Shane Day has published an article titled "The Evolution of Elite and Social Norms Pertaining to the Emergence of Federal-Tribal Co-Management of Natural Resources", Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 6(4): 291-296. 

Additionally, Dr. Day and graduate student Elizabeth Fischer recently presented a paper entitled "Mexican Wolf Reintroduction under the Endangered Species Act: An Analysis of Proposed Rule Changes and the Impact of Collaborative Management" for the Annual Institute of Policy Scientists, hosted at Brown University by the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society.




Dr. Uday DesaiDr. Uday Desai

Congratulations to Professor Uday Desai on his election to NASPAA’s Executive Council for a three-year term. NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. NASPAA is the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs. NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation is the specialized accreditor of these master degree programs. If you would like more information on NASPAA, please visit http://www.naspaa.org/.




Dr. Agustin Leon-MoretaDr. Agustín Leon-Moreta

Assistant Professor, Dr. Agustín León-Moreta, published an article, “Functional Responsibilities of Municipal Governments,” in the American Review of Public Administration (ARPA) for November 2016.

ARPA is one of the elite scholarly peer-reviewed journals in public administration and public affairs. ARPA  focuses on public administration broadly defined, encompassing organization and management studies, leadership, performance measurement and management systems, budgeting and financial management, network governance, and nonprofit management, among other topics.

Dr. León-Moreta's article examines the assignment of functional responsibilities to municipalities, contributing conceptualization and measurement for the analysis of breadth of those responsibilities across the American states. The main findings are that a diverse scope of functional responsibilities is prevalent across American municipalities and that the institutional environment of municipalities influences those diverse functional responsibilities.

Dr. Leon-Moreta also won the prestigious 2016 Paul Volcker Endowment Junior Scholar Research Grant through the Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs of the American Political Science Association. 



BPDr. Bruce Perlman 

For the first time, Regents’ Professor, Dr. Bruce Perlman, is a Fall 2016 recipient of the Online Course Advisory Best Practices Certificate for PADM 522 Program Evaluation. 

Dr. Perlman was certified through a course review process led by three peer instructors who have taught online and were selected by the Online Course Advisory Council (OCAC). PADM 522 Program Evaluation was reviewed to meet the UNM Online Best Practices Rubric standards in 5 Categories: Course Overview and Introduction, Instructional Elements, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment and Feedback, and Course Evaluation.

The UNM rubric was developed at the direction of the Provost by faculty members serving on the Online Course Advisory Council and approved by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee.



SPDr. Shuyang Peng

Dr. Peng was just awarded a 2017 UNM Research Allocation Committee (RAC) grant of $9000 for her research, “An Experimental Study of Dishonest Behavior in Public and Private Workforces."




MR Dr. Mario Rivera

Regents' Professor Mario Rivera (UNM School of Public Administration) and Dr. Rebecca Beals (UNM Institute for Social Research) are lead evaluator and co-evaluator respectively for an external assessment of the NSF Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities/Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WAESO/LSAMP) program at Arizona State University. The WAESO program seeks to foster a strong, diverse, and inclusive scientific and technological workforce through efforts at recruiting, retaining, and graduating scientists and engineers from historically underrepresented populations. There are project activities in student research, establishing peer networks, faculty as well as peer mentoring, research on the social context of science, and developing a culture of professionalism among undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees and academic careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The UNM evaluation team will also assess a social science and education research study required by NSF to be included as part of proposed activities funded ten or more years. That research study, designed and implemented by UNM researchers Dr. Roberto Ibarra (Sociology), Dr. Gary Weissmann (Earth and Planetary Sciences), and graduate student Michael Howland-Davis (Sociology), will be testing and documenting a widely-cited 'Context Diversity' learning/pedagogical model developed by Dr. Ibarra that could be used by similar programs nationwide.  Dr. Rivera, Dr. Ibarra, and Dr. Weissmann are designated Principal Investigators for this combined NSF subaward for the research and evaluation studies, which is to bring approximately $1.25 million in grant funds to UNM over five years.

Dr. Rivera recently published a significant study with James D. Ward, coauthor, titled “Toward an Analytical Framework for the Study of Race and Police Violence,” Public Administration Review 77 (2), March/April 2017: 242-250.



Dr. Roli VarmaDr. Roli Varma

Professor Roli Varma and her collaborator, Meghna Sabharwal, just received a 2017 NSF grant in the Science, Technology, and Society Program.  The title of her project is “Keeping U.S. High-Tech Sector Diverse: Avoiding Reverse Brain Drain from the United States to India” and it is funded for $217,155. 

Arlington, VA—Professor Roli Varma, UNM School of Public Administration, provided what symposium organizers have heralded as “invaluable presentations” at the February 2016 National Science Foundation Symposium on the Science of Broadening Participation.  “We have received a number of messages with absolutely rave reviews…indicating the critical importance of your comments,” said Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing, the symposium organizer. “Indeed, they were vital to our understanding and engagement of the Science of Broadening Participation”.  Professor Varma’s presentation and other contributions will be presented and referenced and published in the final report to the National Science Foundation.      

Dr. Roli Varma gave the Opening Keynote Public Series Lecture entitled “Shifting Patterns/Shifting Gender Norms in Science and Engineering” at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Her address was titled “Women in Computer Science Education: A Western Problem or a Global One?” This event, along with a recent NSF Highlights of her research on return migration of scientists and engineers from the U.S. to India, significantly raise the profile of the School and UNM.