Maria is a doctoral student in political science at the University of New Mexico and a doctoral fellow at the UNM Center for Health Policy. She obtained her master’s degree in political science from UNM with a focus on American politics, public policy, and health policy. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University in International Studies with minors in Economics and Biology. During her undergraduate career Maria completed the Ronald E. McNair scholar program and interned for Quantros, a health informatics company in Silicon Valley focused on patient safety.
Currently, Maria is working on several projects with multidisciplinary teams social determinants of health evaluation of New Mexico, health insurance market place evaluations, and on electronic health records effects on physicians’ workflow. Her master’s thesis was on the impact of punitive immigration policies on enrollment in health insurance among Latinos.