Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel R. Sanchez

Professor of Political Science, Co-Director of the Institute of Policy and Evaluation Research, and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico
Principal, Latino Decisions
Chapter Member: New Mexico SSN

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About Gabriel

Sanchez conducts research and teaches in the area of American politics with a specific emphasis on Latino politics, health politics and policy, and New Mexico politics. Professor Sanchez has worked closely with civic organizations such as Common Cause, America’s Voice, United Way of Central New Mexico and the American Civil Liberties Union on research projects and community engagement efforts. He has also offered expert witness testimony and research for several court cases dealing with redistricting and voter identification legislation. A national expert in both Latino and New Mexico politics, Professor Sanchez has provided political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets.


To Make Sure All Votes Count, New Mexico Needs Open Primary Elections

  • Angelina González-Aller
  • Janelle Johnson

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

Quoted by Elizabeth Myong in "Native American Voters Could Help Swing the 2020 Presidential Election," Nightly Business Report, September 11, 2019.
Research discussed by Dan McKay, in "Pollster: NM a ‘Welcoming Community’ for Immigrants," Albuquerque Journal, February 18, 2019.
Research discussed by Dan Boyd, in "Johnson Embraces Underdog Label," Albuquerque Journal, August 17, 2018.
Research discussed by Jackie Kent, in "Albuquerque Unions React to SCOTUS Ruling," KRQE, June 27, 2018.
Research discussed by Michael Coleman, in "Past Democratic Party Chair Haaland Wins Nomination," Albuquerque Journal, June 5, 2018.
Quoted by Dan McKay in "Election Will Transform Political Landscape in New Mexico," Albuquerque Journal, June 3, 2018.
Quoted by Ashley Balcerzak in "Super PAC Aims to Support Native American Candidates," Santa Fe New Mexican,
Quoted by Dan Boyd in "NM Candidates of Both Parties Evoking Trump’s Name," Albuquerque Journal, May 14, 2018.
Quoted by Morgan Lee in "Ties to Donald Trump Haunt Lone GOP Candidate for New Mexico Governor," The Denver Post, May 8, 2018.
Quoted by Amanda Reilly in "Street-Fighting Attorney General: N.M.'s Hector Balderas," E&E News, February 5, 2018.
Quoted by Russell Contreras in "New Mexico Democrats Wrestle with Questions of Diversity," Santa Fe New Mexican, January 18, 2018.
Quoted by Lauren Fox in "Latino Early Vote Surges From Florida to Nevada," Talking Points Memo, November 4, 2016.
Quoted by David Siders in "View of the GOP from Out of State: ‘California’s Lost’," Sacramento Bee, July 21, 2016.
Quoted by Dan Boyd in "Republicans Defend Gov. Martinez after Trump Attack," Albuquerque Journal, May 26, 2016.
Quoted by Daniel J. Chacón in "Candidates’ Emphasis on Origins Reflects an Obsession with Native Pedigree in Santa Fe," Santa Fe New Mexican, February 28, 2016.
Guest on KUNM Morning Edition, January 26, 2016.
Opinion: "Let’s Revolutionize Voter Registration," Gabriel R. Sanchez, Santa Fe New Mexican, January 20, 2016.
Quoted by Andy Lyman in "Most in NM Want Senate License Compromise Bill," New Mexico Political Report, January 18, 2016.
Guest on National Public Radio, January 16, 2016.
Guest on WFDD National Public Radio, January 13, 2016.
Opinion: "Try New Strategies to Increase Voter Turnout," Gabriel R. Sanchez (with Angelina Gonzalez-Aller), Santa Fe New Mexican, November 14, 2015.
Quoted by Uriel J. Garcia in "GOP Lawmaker Shifts Stance on Immigrant Licenses," Santa Fe New Mexican, November 4, 2015.
Quoted by Aaron Hilf in "UNM Professor Takes Main Stage at National Hispanic Policy Conference," UNM Newsroom, October 21, 2015.
Guest on KRQE News 13, September 30, 2015.
Quoted by Kate Linthicum in "Donald Trump's Comments Offend Many U.S. Latinos, but Not All," Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2015.
Research discussed by Sandra Lilley, in "Latinos Talk Health, Discrimination, Immigration in New Poll," NBC, March 24, 2015.
Quoted by Teddy Wilson in "GOP Majority in New Mexico Legislature Leaves Reproductive Rights in Doubt," RH Reality Check, December 5, 2014.
Quoted by Dan Frosch in "Hispanic Support Buoys New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez," Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014.
Research discussed by Alison Vekshin, in "ObamaCare's Latino Push May Give Democrats Political Edge," Bloomberg News, September 30, 2013.
Research discussed by Tom Geoghegan, in "Five Things You Need to Know about the U.S. Election," BBC News Magazine, September 30, 2012.
Research discussed by Fernanda Santos, in "New Mexico Gives Look into Politics of Future," New York Times, September 29, 2012.
Interviewed in "Are Polls Good News for Either Candidate?," (with Mario Loyola) NPR’s Tell Me More, August 2, 2012.
Interviewed in "Presidential Geography: New Mexico," New York Times, June 15, 2012.


The Latino Vote in the 2012 Election (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming).
Provides an overview of the vital role that the Latino electorate played in the 2012 election through state-specific analyses provided by many of the nation’s leading experts in Latino politics.
"Linked Fate and Latino Attitudes Regarding Health Care Reform Policy" (with Jillian Medeiros). Social Science Quarterly (forthcoming).
Analyzes the relationship between linked fate, a form of group identity, and attitudes toward health care reform policy. We find that Latinos who have a heightened sense of group identity are more likely to support expanding access to health coverage.
"The Politics of the Health Care Reform Debate: Public Support of Including Undocumented Immigrants and Their Children in Reform Efforts" (with Shannon Sanchez-Youngmann). International Migration Review 47, no. 2 (2013): 442-473.
Analyzes support for including undocumented immigrants in health care reform in New Mexico, and suggests that factors such as liberal ideology and perceptions of commonalities with Latinos increase support levels.
"The Impact of Health Care and Immigration Reform on Latino Support for President Obama and Congress" (with Jillian Medieros and Shannon Snachez-Youngmann). Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 34, no. 1 (2012): 3-22.
Uses a 2009 Latino Decisions survey to find that the foundations of Latino approval ratings are political in nature, with support for health and immigration policy reform driving support of the current administration.
"The Role of Group Consciousness in Latino Public Opinion" Political Research Quarterly 59, no. 3 (2006): 435-446.

Tests the primary hypothesis that group consciousness has a greater impact on Latino political attitudes across issues that are directly tied to ethnicity than on those that are not; finds that perceived discrimination does motivate public opinion toward both immigration and bilingual education, and collective action toward immigration.