Dr. Christina Ann Medina

Ph.D. University of Colorado, Denver, 2008

Associate Professor and Director of the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program

Biography

Christina A. Medina joined the Department of Government at NMSU in 2007 and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Public Administration and the Director of the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. She teaches courses in American politics, public policy, program evaluation, research methods, and human resources. She is particularly interested in education policy and completed her doctoral dissertation in 2008 on how low-income, newly-arrived, Latino immigrant parents choose schools. She has published articles on Latino parental involvement, school choice, diversity, and Hispanic-serving institutions some of which appear in the Journal of Latinos and Education. She also co-authored an article on Latino political identity and the DREAM Act, entitled Dual sources of influence on Latino political identity: Mexico’s dual nationality policy and the DREAM Act (with Dr. René Galindo and Xóchitl Chávez; The Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy, The University of Texas School of Law, 2005). Before coming to New Mexico State, she taught at the Community College of Aurora, Colorado and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to working in academia, she worked as a community liaison for the ABC News affiliate in Denver and later as an independent program evaluator for several nonprofit organizations. She received first and second Year grants supported by the Daniels Fund to support the evaluation of the Univision/Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) Project: “I Believe: Change, Action, and Education.” In 2007, she also evaluated The Archdiocese of Denver Office of Catholic Schools Seeds of Hope Catholic School Voucher Program. Her current research interests have expanded to include assessment of public affairs programs, higher education policy, and immigration policy.

Courses Taught

Dr. Medina teaches courses in both political science and public administration. She has taught American National Government, Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to Public Administration, Public Policy, and Qualitative Research Methods.

Contact Information

Email at camedina@nmsu.edu
Breland Hall, room 357
575-646-4353