School of Public Administration Faculty


U Desai

Dr. Uday Desai
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, PA
Phone:  (505) 277-3261
Office:  SSCO 3016
Email:  ucdesai@unm.edu 
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Desai teaches public administration, organization theory and behavior, policy analysis, and environmental policy and administration. His published works include Profiles of Leadership: University Vice Chancellors in India (Hindustan Publishing Co., 1991); Moving the Earth: Cooperative Federalism and Implementation of the Surface Mining Act (Greenwood Press, 1993); Ecological Policy and Politics in Developing Countries: Economic Growth, Democracy and Environmental Protection (State University of New York Press, 1998); Environmental Policy and Politics in Industrialized Countries (The MIT Press, 2002); and over forty-five journal articles and book chapters. Professor Desai was chair of the Political Science Department at Southern Illinois University from 1995-2005. He was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland in March 2005 and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Malaysia Sabah in Spring 2004. He has been a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and at the Administrative Staff College of India in Hyderabad, India. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin and a Senior Research Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Professor Desai has conducted several training and research projects in Russia, Bulgaria and India funded by, among others, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department; U.S. Department of the Interior; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); The Aspen Institute; American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR); Foreign Affairs Office, Liaoning Province, China; and the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR).

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Dr. Bruce J. Perlman
Regents' Professor
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School, CA
Phone:  (505) 277-3313
Office:  SSCO 3004
Email:  bperlman@unm.edu  
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Perlman specializes in public management, organizational behavior, and institutional reform, focusing on policy, technology, and information systems.

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Dr. Mario Rivera
Regents' Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, IN
Office:  SSCO 3007
Email:  marivera@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Rivera holds a Ph.D. and Masters degrees in political science and public policy from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Harvard College. He teaches institutional development and behavior, program and policy evaluation, and comparative public administration. Dr. Rivera’s major research interests are public sector innovation and ethics. (www.unm.edu/~marivera/)

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Dr. Roli Varma
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
Phone:  (505) 277-7756
Office:  SSCO 3014
Email:  Varma@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Varma is professor and Regents' Lecturer in the School of Public Administration. She teaches graduate courses on research methods, public policy, and diversity management. She teaches a core undergraduate course, Technology in Society, for the School of Engineering as well.

Dr. Varma's research focuses on women and minorities in information technology, Asian immigrants in the science and engineering workforce, the management of industrial research, and professional ethics. Dr. Varma's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. She is the author of Harbingers of Global Change: India's Techno-Immigrants in the United States (2006, 2007) and Managing Industrial Research Effectively (2006). Dr. Varma is an invited member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) in the USA. She also served on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Task Force on Job Migration in 2004-2005. (www.unm.edu/~varma/)

Associate Professors

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Dr. Kun Huang
Associate Professor | Master of Health Administration (MHA) Faculty Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Arizona, AZ
Phone:  (505) 277-7757
Office:  SSCO 3002
Email:  khuang@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Huang is Associate Professor of Public Administration and a Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. He received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Arizona in 2005. His research uses organization theory and network analysis to study health and human services networks, e.g., network strategy, structure, evolution, and governance. He is a member of Academy of Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and Public Management Research Association.

Dr. Huang's accomplishments include publishing Knowledge Sharing in a Third-Party Governed Health and Human Services Network, Public Administration Review (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/puar.12222/abstract). This paper also won the Best Paper Award of 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

Assistant Professors

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Dr. Kate Cartwright
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Emory University, GA
Office:  SSCO 3040  
Email:  kcartwright@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Cartwright is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and a Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Her research examines how structural factors and social determinants of health influence racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. She has also done comparative health systems research. Dr. Cartwright volunteered with AmeriCorps as a legal advocate for immigrant youth in federal detention in El Paso, Texas. She has worked with immigrant communities in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is a former Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow, where she spent a year in residence at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Cartwright received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University and an MA in English from Lehigh University. 

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Dr. Shane Day
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Office:  SSCO 3006
Email:  shaneday@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Day is a graduate of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from Indiana University, and also received his Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in International Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degrees from the University of Washington. His research interests are in indigenous group sovereignty and self-governance, environmental policy, natural resource management, federalism and intergovernmental relations, economic development, collaborative management, comparative public policy, and international relations.

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Dr. Nick Edwardson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, TX
Office:  SSCO 3042  
Email:  nedwardson@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Edwardson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration. His research focus is innovation implementation in healthcare—including statistical quality methods, cost-effectiveness, and psychometrics/survey design. Prior to joining the faculty at UNM, Nick was the Assistant Director of the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)—a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center based out of Texas A&M University, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University, Penn State, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Edwardson received a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Texas A&M University and an MS in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua from 2006-2008.

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Dr. Agustín León-Moreta
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Florida State University
Office:  SSCO 3010
Email: apleonmoreta@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

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 research and teaching interests include public budgeting and financial management, institutions, federalism, policy analysis, and empirical research methodologies.

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Dr. Shuyang Peng
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Phone: 505-750-4768
Office:  SSCO 3012
Email:  speng@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Shuyang Peng is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management, human resource management, and performance measurement. She is particularly interested in the influence of organizational environment on employee motivation and behavior in public and nonprofit organizations. She also conducts research in the areas of public-nonprofit collaboration, performance information use, and leadership. Her articles have appeared in Public Administration Review and Public Performance & Management Review. She is a fellow of the Center for Organizational Research and Design at Arizona State University.

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Dr. Stephanie Smith
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University, NY
Office:  SSCO 3008  
Email:  slsmith@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research and teaching interests focus on global health policy, international development, and the intellectual history of public administration.

Emeriti Faculty

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Dr. F. Lee Brown
Ph.D., Purdue University, IN
Email:   flbrown@unm.edu

Professor Brown specializes in public administration and economics.

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Dr. T. Zane Reeves
Regents' Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California, CA
Phone:  (505) 277-3317
Office:  SSCO 3018
Email:  tzane@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Reeves continues to teach courses in human resources management, alternative dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. Zane has authored/co-authored nine books, including Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector, Public Personnel Administration in the Public Sector (2nd ed.), Managing Human Resources, Cases in Public Human Resources Management (2nd ed), and The Politics of Peace Corps and VISTA, as well as numerous articles, in journals such as Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Personnel Management, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, and the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration. Zane has served as a labor arbitrator in thousands of labor-management disputes and currently is the Southwest/Rockies Regional Chair for the prestigious National Academy of Arbitrators.

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Dr. Leonard Stitleman
Ph.D., University of Colorado, CO
Email:  lstit@unm.edu

Professor Stitleman specializes in public administration.

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Dr. Alan Reed
Ph.D., University of Texas, TX

Professor Reed has published numerous journal articles on public management, contributed to several books and has served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and public and private organizations.

Affiliated Faculty

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Dr. Anthony Cahill
Email:  acahill@salud.unm.edu

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Juan de Dios Pineda, Ph.D

Affiliated Professor of Public Administration and Management
School of Public Administration and Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico
Email:  pinedaj@unm.edu

Dr. Juan de Dios Pineda is a non-resident Professor and Member of the Academic Committee of China Ministry of Education's Regional and National Research and Training Base-Latin American Research Institute. Dr. Pineda is a Visiting Professor at Tianjin Foreign Studies University (China) and research professor at the Institute of Government and Strategic Development at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. Dr. Pineda is an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Education Policy Research at the University of New Mexico, and also is an Affiliated Professor at the School of Public Administration. Recently, Dr. Pineda received from the prestigious "Universidad Santander" an Honorary Doctorate degree in Higher Education (Doctor Honoris Causa). 

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Dr. Ric Richardson
Email:  jrich@unm.edu

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Dr. Richard Santos
Email:  santos@unm.edu

Adjunct Faculty

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Ron Aldrich, MBA, LFACHE
Email:  raldrich@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Ron Aldrich, MBA, LFACHE, has fifty years leadership and governance experience in national and regional healthcare organizations including twenty years as CEO of three multi-hospital systems and five years as a hospital CEO. Ron helped lead the merger of three large Catholic healthcare systems totaling 126 organizations in 21 states and the design of the governance and management structure for the newly integrated system (Catholic Health Initiatives). Currently, Ron is Pathfinder, Limberpine Associates, Inc., where he performs health care consulting, is a chair member of the Board of Directors of New Mexico Health Executives (NMHE) for Working Group on Diversity & Inclusion, and is assigned as a mentor in the NMHE/ACHE Mentorship Program.

Ron earned his MBA in Health & Hospital Administration from the University of Florida and holds a BA in Economics from the University of South Florida. Ron is a Life Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), Life Member of the American Hospital Association and former Chairperson of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. He was elected to the AHA Region Eight Regional Policy Board effective January 2013, for a two-year term, and appointed to the Western Regional Trustees Symposium Planning Committee representing New Mexico Trustees for a three-year term. Ron served for six years in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center as a member of the Board of Directors and as chair of the Community Health & Wellness Committee.


James Jimenez
Email:  jjimen03@unm.edu

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Dr. Steven Meilleur
Email:  smeilleu@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Meilleur holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Learning from the University of New Mexico, and has more than 35 years of professional experience in human resources management in the public sector, and in both the private non-profit and for-profit sectors. Currently, Dr. Meilleur is Senior Consultant for Human Resources and Employment Risk Services for Poms & Associates, providing risk management training and consulting services for its clients. He teaches in the areas of human resource management, employment and labor relations, nonprofit organization management, organizational development, and action research.

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Randall Van Vleck
Email: vanvleck@umm.edu