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Institute for Social Research

MSC02 1625
1915 Las Lomas NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Physical Location:
1 University of New Mexico

Phone: (505) 277-4257
Fax: (505) 277-4215

Staff

ISR Director

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Lonna Atkeson, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Social Research

Dr. Lonna Rae Atkeson is a Professor, Regents' Lecturer and Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy in the Political Science Department at the University of New Mexico. She is an internationally recognized expert in the area of election sciences, survey methodology, voting rights, election administration, public opinion, political behavior, campaigns, gender, and race and ethnicity and has written over 50 articles and book chapters, and dozens of technical reports, monographs, amicus curiae briefs and other work on these topics. She advocates for a data driven, applied social science, approach to public policy that encourages academics and practitioners to join together to exchange expertise to create an efficient, well managed, transparent, and a citizen focused public sector.

Email:  atkeson@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257

Center Directors

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Kristine Denman

Director, New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center

Kristine Denman is the Director of the New Mexico Statistical Analysis Center. She has 20 years of experience in both research and evaluation. Prior to her recent promotion to Director of the SAC, she was the lead researcher on numerous projects for various agency partners at the city, state and federal levels. Besides her work with the SAC, she has partnered with the New Mexico Sentencing Commission on a number of projects. Her evaluation work has focused on criminal justice work as well as educational programs, often using a mixed-methods approach. Work on which she has been lead evaluator has been nationally recognized.

Email:  kdenman@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-6247
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Linda Freeman

Executive Director, New Mexico Sentencing Commission

Ms. Freeman has 16 years of research experience. She has worked at the New Mexico Sentencing Commission and served as its Deputy Director from 2010 to 2016. Her research and evaluation has primarily focused on criminal justice and community issues in New Mexico.

Email:  lffreema@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-2364
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Paul Guerin , Ph.D

Sr. Research Scientist III

Paul Guerin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA). He has worked at the ISR since 1992. He has also taught part-time in the Sociology Department at the University of New Mexico since 1988. His primary areas of teaching have been in criminology, corrections, and policing. His primary areas of research have included the criminal justice system, the evaluation of substance abuse and criminal justice programs, the evaluation of Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) programs and other education programs, and the study of DWI and alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.

Email:  malachi@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257
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Tony Ortiz, J.D.

Deputy Director, New Mexico Sentencing Commission

Tony Ortiz, J.D., is the Deputy Director of the New Mexico Sentencing Commission (NMSC). He has worked at the NMSC since 2004 and served as the director from 2009 to 2016.

Email:  tlonmsc@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-2364

Research Staff

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Alex Adams

Project Assistant

Alex, ABD in Political Science, is a part time Project Assistant.

Email:  alexnadams@yahoo.com
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Elise Ferguson

Research Scientist III

Elise is a Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR).

Email:  esamuels@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257
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Erin Ochoa

Professional Intern

Erin is a part-time employee that works with data sets.

Email:  eochoa@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-3494
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Craig Pacheco

Research Scientist III

Craig is a Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). He has 12 years of research experience in epidemiological research, evaluation research, data analysis, data management and quality assurance. Craig has experience conducting research in the fields of drug and alcohol treatment, the criminal justice system, adolescent substance addiction, the adolescent criminal justice system, and psychiatry.

Email:  pint88@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257
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Alexandra Tonigan

Research Scientist III

Email:  atonigan@unm.edu
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Sam Torres

Project Assistant

Sam Torres is a Project Assistant at the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA) at ISR.

Email:  i005507@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257
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Conner Tuttle, Research Scientist III

Research Scientist III

Email:  ctuttle23@unm.edu
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Miriam Verploegh

Sr. Research Scientist I

Miriam Verploegh, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA) at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). Miriam finished her Ph.D. in May 2015 in Sociology at the University of Iowa with an emphasis structural social psychology, social stratification, and quantitative methodology. Her teaching interests include social psychology, research methods, criminology, and social stratification. Her research in graduate school included a series of socio-psychological experiments that examined the development of status hierarchies during social exchange and interaction. She has gone on to do research in the area of policing, home visitation, and social stratification. She has experience with data collection, advanced analytical techniques, qualitative and quantitative research design, project management, and report writing.

Email:  mverploegh@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257

Support Staff

Amanda Armstrong

NMSC Business Manager

Email:  aarmstrong@unm.edu
Phone:  277-4257

Sheila English

ISR Senior Fiscal Services Technician

Email:  english4@unm.edu
Phone:  277-4257
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Javier Flores

UNM IT Field Agent

Email:  jflores24@unm.edu
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Dianne Mulder

ISR Business Operations Manager

Email:  dmulder@unm.edu
Phone:  505-277-4257