Faculty and Staff

Department of Government Functions & Criteria Document, effective January 2020

Regular Faculty

Thaddieus Conner, Associate Professor

Public Management, Intergovernmental Relations, Public Financing and Budgeting, Education Policy, & Tribal Governance and Administration


Neil Harvey, Professor & Academic Department Head

Comparative Politics, Latin America, Mexico, & U.S.-Mexico Border


Neal Rosendorf, Associate Professor

Modern U.S. Foreign Relations, International Relations History, & Policy Issues


Seong Kang, Assistant Professor

Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management, Volunteering and Co-production, Law Enforcement/Policing


Christina Medina, Associate Professor & Director of the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program

American Politics, Program Evaluation, Research Methods, & Human Resources


Kim Seckler, College Professor Chair of Undergraduate Committee; Coordinator of the Supplementary Major in Law & Society; Pre-Law Adviser for NMSU students

Public Law, New Mexico Law, & American Government


Sabine Hirschauer, Assistant Professor and Chair, MA in Government Program

Security Studies (Human Security, Feminist Security Studies Gender, and Conflict), Comparative Politics, Migration and Identity, International Relations and Comparative Politics Theory


Christa Slaton, Professor

American Politics, American Political Thought, University and Community Engagement, Public Administration, and Conflict Resolution


Ani Ter-Mkrtchyan, Assistant Professor

Nonprofit Governance and Accountability, Environmental Policy and Administration, and Energy Policy


Nancy Baker, Professor Emeritus

Yosef Lapid, Professor Emeritus

William Taggart, Professor Emeritus

Russell Winn, Professor Emeritus

Visiting Faculty, 2020-21

  • Susan Spice

Adjunct Faculty

  • Natalie Harmening


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Patricia Vargas