About the Center for Regional Studies

The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) promotes the quest for sources of knowledge about New Mexico, the U.S.A. - Mexico Borderlands, the Americas, and Spain.

The UNM Center for Regional Studies (CRS) is a multidisciplinary outreach center designed to enhance the work of the university through student fellowships, research, program funding, visiting scholars, digital media and other projects with a particular emphasis on activities that increase our understanding of New Mexico, the Southwest, Indigenous communities, the U.S. Mexico Borderlands, and the Americas. We facilitate the production, presentation, and distribution of books, films, lectures, recording and photo collections.


  • To discover, create, preserve, disseminate and promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the UNM community.  CRS advances UNM's mission of developing the global perspective of its students through a variety of academic and research opportunities led by expert faculty as they work to generate and create new and valuable sources of knowledge.
  • To contribute to the comprehensive opportunities offered at UNM with a focus on New Mexico and Southwest studies.
  • To foster the teaching, learning, research, and public service goals of UNM through linking resources to people and communities throughout New Mexico.


  • Graduate Students CRS awards graduate, thesis, and dissertation fellowships/scholarships.
  • Faculty - Funding is provided for projects by UNM faculty, postdoctoral, and visiting scholars.
  • Archival - CRS supports the acquisition, preservation, and accessibility of archival materials.
  • Dissemination - CRS promotes the distribution of books, journal articles, exhibitions, public presentations, films, and lectures produced under its auspices.
  • Multi-Media Projects - CRS facilitates the production, presentation, and distribution of documentary films and oral histories.  CRS encourages and stimulates projects grounded in collaborative partnerships and on extended fieldwork that utilize photography, film/video, audio, narrative writing and other creative media to capture and convey contemporary memory, life, and culture.

CRS Advisory Board

The CRS advisory board was established to advise the Center for Regional Studies on programs, projects and initiatives related to the core mission of the center. Advisory board members are selected for their hands-on knowledge, expertise and past experience in areas related to strengthening the work of CRS. The membership of the committee seeks to bring together broad expertise in matters related to regional studies. Members may also hold expertise of a technical, scholarly, educational or fund development nature that can assist with the design of programs and strategic planning. Advisory board meetings are convened by the CRS director periodically. Current members are:


Durwood Ball, PhD

Associate Professor: History
Director & Editor: New Mexico Historical Review


Rebecca Blum Martinez, PhD

Professor: Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
Director: Latin American Programs in Education


Stephen P. Hull, MA

Director: University of New Mexico Press
Professor of Practice: College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences


Matthew Martinez, PhD

Deputy Director:  Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Baker H. Morrow, FASLA

Professor of Practice: Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture & Planning
Landscape Architect, Author


Anna M. Nogar, PhD

Professor: Spanish and Portuguese


Genaro M. Padilla, PhD

Professor Emeritus: Department of English, University of California at Berkeley
Former Chair: Department of English, University of California at Berkeley


joni m palmer, PhD, APA, ASLA

Project Director: Southwest Environmental Finance Center, Center for Water and the Environment
UNM Teaching & Research Faculty:  Department of Community & Regional Planning, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies


Gabriel Ramon Sanchez, PhD

Professor: Political Science
Executive Director: RWJF Center for Health Policy
Director: Center for Social Policy


Carla M. Sinopoli, PhD

Director: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
Professor: Department of Anthropology



Individuals Who Served on CRS Committees in 2022 for Fellowships,
Faculty Research Grants, and Community-based Research Funding



Durwood Ball

Department of History & New Mexico Historical Review

Lorenda Belone

College of Education & Human Sciences

Ronda Brulotte

Geography; Latin American & Iberian Institute

Aracely Chapa

Center for Regional Studies Manager of Multimedia Services

Kency Cornejo

Art History

Jennifer Denetdale

American Studies

Julia Fulghum

Chemistry; College of Arts and Sciences

Myrriah Gomez

Honors College

Catherine Harris

Landscape Architecture; Art History

Stephen Hull

University of New Mexico Press

Michelle Kells

Department of English Language and Literature

Maria Lane

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Christopher Lippitt

College of Arts and Sciences

Miguel Lopez

Spanish Portuguese

Troy Lovata

Honors College

Mary Rice

Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies

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