Your graduate education at UNM should be a transformative experience. Here, you’re leading the way in cutting-edge research, innovative pedagogies, and critical community engagement. You’ll work alongside internationally renowned scholars, award-winning teachers, and faculty who will be committed to mentoring you toward success. You’ll research in the library’s rich archives, study under the vigas of UNM’s historic architecture, and read on the small hills of the duck pond. You’ll also work in state-of-art labs with access to technologies that will let you push the boundaries of your scholarship and ideas. You’ll catch naps in a quiet cubby and then burn the midnight oil in front of your computer. You’ll create friendships that might outlast your memory, and you’ll live and learn in a place peopled by the first engineers, healers, storytellers, and teachers of the region. Under these conditions, I expect your graduate education at UNM will fundamentally challenge you to solve for the unknown variables of the past, present, and future.
About the Dean
Dr. Jesse Alemán is a professor of English. He has worked at UNM since 1999. He is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature and US Latinx literary and cultural histories in the United States. He has also taught broadly in Chicano/a literatures, Southwest Cultural Studies, and nineteenth-century American literary studies. He has a long-standing commitment to graduate education, having directed 20 doctoral students to completion and advised almost as many master’s and MFA students as a committee member. He served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 2019-2022, and he’s on the executive board of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS).
He is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Award for Teaching Excellence; the American Indian Student Services’ STARS Award; the Wertheim Award for Outstanding English Faculty member; and he’s been twice named Outstanding Faculty Member by the English Graduate Student Association and UNM’s Peer Mentoring for Graduate Students of Color. He also holds the title of Presidential Teaching Fellow, the highest recognition for teaching excellence UNM bestows