SPA Professor

M RiveraDr. Mario Rivera

Regents' Professor
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, IN
Office:  SSCO 3007
Curriculum Vitae

Dear UNM community:

It is with the deepest of sadness to inform that our esteemed colleague and dear friend, Regents' Professor Mario Rivera, unexpectedly passed away at home in Albuquerque on Friday, December 22, 2017. Please follow the link to his memorial page.

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.

Professor's Website:


Dr. Rivera 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.

In October 2018, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has elected Regents’ Professor Mario A. Rivera as a Fellow of the Academy.