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

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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.


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Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on Native American education investment by Elizabeth Myong, "Native American Voters Could Help Swing the 2020 Presidential Election" Nightly Business Report, September 11, 2019.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on New Mexicans' views of immigrants discussed by Dan McKay, "Pollster: NM a ‘Welcoming Community’ for Immigrants," Albuquerque Journal, February 18, 2019.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on New Mexico elections discussed by Dan Boyd, "Johnson Embraces Underdog Label," Albuquerque Journal, August 17, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on unions discussed by Jackie Kent, "Albuquerque Unions React to SCOTUS Ruling," KRQE, June 27, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on Democratic primaries discussed by Michael Coleman, "Past Democratic Party Chair Haaland Wins Nomination," Albuquerque Journal, June 5, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on election trends by Dan McKay, "Election Will Transform Political Landscape in New Mexico" Albuquerque Journal, June 3, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted by Ashley Balcerzak, "Super PAC Aims to Support Native American Candidates" Santa Fe New Mexican
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on New Mexico midterm elections by Dan Boyd, "NM Candidates of Both Parties Evoking Trump’s Name" Albuquerque Journal, May 14, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on New Mexico governor race by Morgan Lee, "Ties to Donald Trump Haunt Lone GOP Candidate for New Mexico Governor" The Denver Post, May 8, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted by Amanda Reilly, "Street-Fighting Attorney General: N.M.'s Hector Balderas" E&E News, February 5, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted by Russell Contreras, "New Mexico Democrats Wrestle with Questions of Diversity" Santa Fe New Mexican, January 18, 2018.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on early voting by Lauren Fox, "Latino Early Vote Surges From Florida to Nevada" Talking Points Memo, November 4, 2016.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on Latino drive to stop Trump by Lisa Mascaro, "Latinos Could Set a Record by Casting Almost 15 Million Ballots for President. Activists Call it the Trump Bump." Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2016.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on Republicans, Latinos, and Hispanics in New Mexico by David Siders, "View of the GOP from Out of State: ‘California’s Lost’" Sacramento Bee, July 21, 2016.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on anti-Trump protests by Dan Boyd, "Republicans Defend Gov. Martinez after Trump Attack" Albuquerque Journal, May 26, 2016.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on candidates' roots by Daniel J. Chacón, "Candidates’ Emphasis on Origins Reflects an Obsession with Native Pedigree in Santa Fe" Santa Fe New Mexican, February 28, 2016.
Guest to discuss distrust in government on KUNM Morning Edition, Gabriel R. Sanchez, January 26, 2016.
"Let’s Revolutionize Voter Registration," Gabriel R. Sanchez, Santa Fe New Mexican, January 20, 2016.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on public opinion about immigrant rights to an American ID by Andy Lyman, "Most in NM Want Senate License Compromise Bill" New Mexico Political Report, January 18, 2016.
Guest to discuss the Latino vote on National Public Radio, Gabriel R. Sanchez, January 16, 2016.
Guest to discuss the GOP divide on immigration on WFDD National Public Radio, Gabriel R. Sanchez, January 13, 2016.
"Try New Strategies to Increase Voter Turnout," Gabriel R. Sanchez (with Angelina Gonzalez-Aller), Santa Fe New Mexican, November 14, 2015.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on a compromise that would provide driving privilege cards to undocumented immigrants by Uriel J. Garcia, "GOP Lawmaker Shifts Stance on Immigrant Licenses" Santa Fe New Mexican, November 4, 2015.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on Latino demographics by Aaron Hilf, "UNM Professor Takes Main Stage at National Hispanic Policy Conference" UNM Newsroom, October 21, 2015.
Guest to discuss tax hikes on KRQE News 13, Gabriel R. Sanchez, September 30, 2015.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on the Latino vote by Kate Linthicum, "Donald Trump's Comments Offend Many U.S. Latinos, but Not All" Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2015.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on Latinos' views on the state of their health and the Affordable Care Act discussed by Sandra Lilley, "Latinos Talk Health, Discrimination, Immigration in New Poll," NBC, March 24, 2015.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on new Republican majority in the house by Teddy Wilson, "GOP Majority in New Mexico Legislature Leaves Reproductive Rights in Doubt" RH Reality Check, December 5, 2014.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on New Mexico's gubernatorial race by Dan Frosch, "Hispanic Support Buoys New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez" Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on outreach to Latinos on health insurance implementation discussed by Alison Vekshin, "ObamaCare's Latino Push May Give Democrats Political Edge," Bloomberg News, September 30, 2013.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on the Latino electorate discussed by Tom Geoghegan, "Five Things You Need to Know about the U.S. Election," BBC News Magazine, September 30, 2012.
Gabriel R. Sanchez's research on growing Latino populations and their political clout discussed by Fernanda Santos, "New Mexico Gives Look into Politics of Future," New York Times, September 29, 2012.
"Are Polls Good News for Either Candidate?," Gabriel R. Sanchez (with Mario Loyola), Interview with Michael Martin, NPR’s Tell Me More, August 2, 2012.
Gabriel R. Sanchez quoted on the election of Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, "Ted Cruz’s Big Win: A Sign of Things to Come for Supporters – And Opponents" NBC Latino, August 1, 2012.
"Presidential Geography: New Mexico," Gabriel R. Sanchez, Interview with Micah Cohen, 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.