Associate Director & Research Assistant Professor
Previously, Dr. Gonzales worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman for over six years. Most recently, he served as a field representative in the senator’s Albuquerque office, where he was responsible for outreach to the New Mexico education policy community. Before graduate school, Dr. Gonzales served in the senator’s Washington office as a legislative assistant for homeland security, border policy, and immigration; and he has also worked at Sandia National Laboratories and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Gonzales earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and he holds a B.A. in chemistry from Pomona College.
His community activities include serving as a founding member, treasurer, and past president of the Del Norte High School AlumKnights; chair of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Education Committee; member of the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee School Grades Workgroup; member of the City Alive Leadership Team; member of the United Way of Central New Mexico’s Hispano Philanthropic Society; and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0 program at South Valley Academy.