• A UNM faculty member since 1986, Professor Christine Sierra teaches and researches in the field of American politics with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.  
  • She is also the director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
  • Her publications include work on Mexican American activism on immigration policy, Hispanic politics in New Mexico, and the politics of Latina women in the United States.
  • Sierra has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, the University of Arizona, and the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. 
  • As an expert in American and Latino/a politics, she appears frequently in local and national media outlets. 
  • During presidential elections, she has also appeared in the international press, including Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Libération (Paris), Carta Capital (Sao Paulo), Suddeutsche Zeitung (Munich), Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt), Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Zurich), and the Asahi Shimbun (Japan). 
  • She was a member of the Immigration Policy Roundtable co-sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and the Brookings Institution.  

Additional areas of interest
Sierra is also an expert on Latino/a politics at the national level and in the state of New Mexico. She examines Latino/a electoral behavior as well Latino political mobilization, including social movement activism and community-based organization. She also has a longstanding research focus on the politics of U.S. immigration

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