Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. He is also Director of Research for Latino Decisions and the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training Program.
Sanchez received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health policy, and minority legislative behavior. His work has been published a wide range of academic journals and is also a co-author of, Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino Politics textbooks in colleges today. He recently editedLatinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter. Sanchez has been the principal or co-principal investigator on several large-scale surveys, including the Latino Decisions National Poll on Health Care Reform (2009), and the Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Study (2008). Professor Sanchez has provided political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets.
As the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Dr. Sanchez is engaged in several research projects focused on Latino health policy. This work includes a survey in development funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) focused on identifying best practices for engaging the Hispanic population in the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Sanchez is also the Director of Research for Latino Decisions, the leading survey firm focused on the Latino population. A leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics, Dr. Sanchez provides political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets.
Awards and Grants
Dr. Sanchez has received several campus wide awards for his mentoring and service efforts, including the "Luminaria" UNM Presidential Award for Commitment to Diversity in 2010. Dr. Sanchez was awarded the 'Best Article Published' in PRQ in 2011 at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and was more recently awarded the 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2013 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Previously, Dr. Sanchez coauthored papers awarded 'Best Paper on Latino/Latino Politics' at the 2008 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and 'Best Paper on State Politics and Policy' at the 2009 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Dr. Sanchez is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation focused on the impact of the recent economic recession on foreign-born, Latino and African American populations of the United States.
A native New Mexican, Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.