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Christine Sierra
Emeritus Professor - Political Science

Emeritus Director, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute 

Christine Marie Sierra is Professor Emerita of Political Science at The University of New Mexico.  Her expertise is in American politics with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.   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.  She is a principal investigator on the Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project, a national study of elected officials of color 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, national, and international media outlets. She served as Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute at the University of New Mexico from 2011 – 2014. 

The book she co-authored with Carol-Hardy-Fanta, Pei-te Lien and Dianne M. Pinderhughes Contested Transformation: Race, Gender and Political Leadership in Twenty-First Century America is due in the fall from Cambridge University Press. Learn more at The Gender and Multi-Cultural Leadership Project website.