Humanities & Social Sciences Faculty

Tara M. Lopez, PhD
Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr. Lopez is a native New Mexican whose family is from the Northern New Mexico community of Talpa and was raised in Albuquerque.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with her BA in Spanish/History.  She later completed her MA in History at the University of California-San Diego and her PhD in Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK.  She is both a dedicated teacher and researcher and published her first book, The Winter of Discontent, Myth, Memory, and History in 2014.

Dr. Lopez expressed, "The position at Northern is my “dream job.”  Not only have I always wanted to return to Northern New Mexico, but I am both honored and excited to work with the outstanding student body, faculty, staff, and administration at Northern, a place that values both the intellectual and cultural richness of the region."

Carol Anne Salazar
Administrative Assistant for HSS/AFM
505 - 747 - 2295

David Barton, PhD
Advisor, BAIS, Integrated Studies Program
Associate Professor, English and Humanities
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Dr. Barton received a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the founding editor of The Salt Journal, which was nominated for the Utne Reader Independent Press Award as one of the best alternative magazines in the nation. Dr. Barton is on the editorial advisory board of Spring Journal, which is the oldest English-language Jungian journal in the world, and he writes about mythological issues in contemporary culture. He is currently working on a book about Vaclav Havel.

Robert K. Beshara, PhD, MFA
Assistant Professor, Psychology & Humanities
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Dr. Robert K. Beshara, MFA, is a critical (discursive) psychologist who is interested in theorizing subjectivity vis-à-vis ideology through radical qualitative research methodologies informed by psychoanalysis and decoloniality. He is the author of Decolonial Psychoanalysis: Towards Critical Islamophobia Studies (Routledge, 2019) and the editor of A Critical Introduction to Psychology (Nova, 2019).

Kiersten Figurski, LMHC
Assistant Professor of Psychology

505 747-5013
Office: AD 255

Pam Piccolo, MA
Assistant Professor, English & Humanities
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J.B. Moore, MLitt
Writing Center Director

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