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Our Graduate Consultants

Dissertation Coaches

Before her graduate studies, Jamie Collins was a high school English Language Arts teacher, curriculum writer, and professional learning community director in the public school systems of Oklahoma and Arkansas. She received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University with an emphasis in teaching aesthetics and multicultural literature for adolescents. Jamie is a doctoral candidate with the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Department of the College of Education at UNM. She passed her comprehensive exams with distinction, has four published journal articles, and has presented multiple times at several different education conferences. Jamie’s dissertation focuses on the literacy practices of adolescents in project-based learning settings.

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Daniel Shattuck is an ethnology doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. Originally from Clayton, North Carolina, he received his B.A. in anthropology from NC State University and his M.A. in anthropology from UNM. Before coming to UNM, Daniel served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Community Service Coordinator at NC State University. He has also worked as an assistant to a study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Daniel has been conducting ethnographic research for the past six years on various projects in Guatemala and Italy. His dissertation focuses on food, space, and identity in the context of Peruvian immigration to Italy.

Online Writing Consultant

Carlyn Pinkins is a doctoral student in the Department of History specializing in 20th Century American Indian history.  Born and raised in Camilla, GA, she received her B.A. and M.A. at Georgia Southern University in 2002 and 2011.  Her research interests focus on localized activism in the Red Power Movement in the United States and Canada.  Since her arrival at UNM in Fall 2012, Carlyn has been active with the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color, History Graduate Student Association, and GPSA.

Writing Consultants

Andrew Breidenbach is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. His research interests include understanding the social construction of childhood and the transition to adulthood through a comparative, cross-national lens. Originally from upstate New York and later New Jersey, he completed his B.A. in Sociology from Emory University in 2010 before coming to New Mexico in 2011 and completing his M.A. in Sociology from UNM in 2013. In addition to being a writing consultant and organizing writing groups for the GRC, he holds a research assistantship at the Center for Education Policy Research studying and evaluating New Mexico early childhood initiatives. 

Hafiz M. Fazalehaq is a doctoral student at the department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural studies. He is pursuing his PhD in Educational Linguistics. He is working on how Vygotsky’s learning theories and cognitive linguistics help in improving writing skills of ESL learners. He was a master tutor at CAPS, and a university lecturer in Applied Linguistics in Pakistan. 

Statistics Consultants

José Bucheli is an economics PhD candidate with a focus on international & development economics. Originally from Ecuador, he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from UNM in 2010 and 2012. José has conducted field research in Ecuador where he explored the impact of migration on child schooling. His current research looks at the effect of shocks and natural disasters on child and household wellbeing. Besides being a GRC statistics consultant, José is also a UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) PhD fellow (2015-2017).

Rajan Bishwakarma is a doctoral student in the Department of Economics. After completing his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Anderson University, Rajan earned his M.A. in Economics from UNM in 2015. His research focuses on the nexus between health and environment in human capital formation. In addition to the GRC, Rajan works as a research assistant for the Department of Economics.

Workshop Coordinator



Ana Carla Passos-Morgan is a M.A student in the department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Originally from Brazil, she received a double major B.A in Portuguese and English Languages-Secondary Education at the Federal University of Sergipe in Brazil. Before moving to the U.S permanently in 2011, she worked as an English and Portuguese teacher in Brazil and has been involved in language education since 2005. Currently, Ana Carla is an ESL instructor for Lutheran Family Services and a Portuguese interpreter for several government and private sector entities. Her research interests include bilingual education, language curriculum development, English as a global language and its effects to foreign language education, and Portuguese as a foreign and/or heritage language.

At the GRC, Ana Carla works as the Graduate Workshop coordinator and hopes to offer writing support to Grad students who have English as a second language.