Gabriel Sanchez, Executive Director, UNM Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Associate Professor of Political Science

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Contact Information

Office Location: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center
Phone: (505) 277-0130
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Curriculum Vitae


Gabriel R Sanchez is an associate professor of political science who specializes in American politics. He received his Ph.D in political science from the University of Arizona in 2005. His research largely explores the political behavior of racial and ethnic populations in the United States, Latino health policy, and the congressional behavior of Latino and African American members of Congress. His work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Political Science and Politics, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved and American Politics Research, as well as other peer reviewed journals. Professor Sanchez teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on American politics, racial and ethnic politics, and political behavior. He is also currently an Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM.

Recent Accomplishments

Professor Sanchez has been quoted in a wide range of media outlets in the past two weeks, including the NY Times, BBC, Houston Chronicle and others.

Professor Sanchez was also the co-author of expert report in Pennsylvania voter ID lawsuit presented at trial and relied upon by PA Supreme Court in their decision to halt the law this week. This follows his similar efforts in the WIsconsin case earlier in the year which also resulted in lack of implementation.

Selected Publications

Gabriel R. Sanchez, Jillian Medieros and Shannon Sanchez-Youngmann. 2012. “The Impact of Health Care and Immigration Reform on Latino Support for President Obama and Congress,” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 3-22. 30 pages.

Michael Rocca, Gabriel R. Sanchez, and Jason Morin.  2011. “The Institutional Mobility of Minorities in Congress,” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 64, No.4, pp. 897-909. (This article was recently named the “Best PRQ Article Award” for 2011).

Gabriel R. Sanchez and Jason Morin. 2011. “The Effect of Descriptive Representation on Latino’s Views of Government and of Themselves,” Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 2, pp. 483-508.

Gabriel R. Sanchez and Natalie Masouka. 2010. “Brown Utility Heuristic? The Presence and Contributing Factors of Latino Linked Fate,” The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Vol.32, No.4,  pp. 519-531.

Barreto, Matt, Gabriel Sanchez and Jason Morín. “Perceptions of Competition Between Latinos and Blacks: The Development of a Relative Measure of Inter-Group Competition, ” Black-Brown Relations, edited by Edward Telles, Gaspar Rivera-Salgado and Sylvia Zamora, Russell Sage Foundation,  New York, New York, 2010.

Sylvia Manzano and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2010. “Take One for The Team: Ethnic Identity, Candidate Qualification and Co-Ethnic Voting.” Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 63, No. 3, pp. 568-580.

Marks, Mara, Stephen Nuno, and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2009. “Look Back in Anger: Voter Opinions of Mexican Immigrants in the Aftermath of the 2006 Immigration Demonstrations.” Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 44, No. 5, pp. 695-717.

Matt Barreto, Stephen Nuno, and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2009. “The Disproportionate Impact of Indiana Voter ID Requirements on the Electorate.” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 111-116.

Michael Rocca and Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2008.“The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on Bill Sponsorship and Cosponsorship in Congress.” American Politics Research, Vol. 36, No.1, pp. 130-152.

Gabriel R. Sanchez. 2006. “The Role of Group Consciousness in Latino Public Opinion,” Political Research Quarterly, Vol.59, No. 3, pp. 435-446.