Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is a Principal at Latino Decisions, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. He serves as Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) at the University of New Mexico. Sanchez is an expert on Latino health policy, minority political behavior, and politics in the Southwest, and has delivered invited talks to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LULAC, and the DCCC. He has directed numerous research initiatives focused on New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona, and often serves as an expert policy advisor to the New Mexico state legislature. Dr. Sanchez has been the lead organizer for several large conferences focused on health policy, including the highly successful 2013 Congressional Tri-Caucus Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Summit.
Sanchez received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His academic research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health policy, and minority legislative behavior. Sanchez has published more than thirty scholarly research articles, chapters and books focused on minority public opinion, electoral behavior and racial and ethnic politics in the United States. He is the author of the recent book Latinos and the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter, and co-author of, Hispanics and the U.S. Political System, one of the most popular Latino Politics textbooks in colleges today. Along with LD's co-founder Matt Barreto, Sanchez has written several expert witness reports utilized in voter ID cases across the country.
Sanchez has been the lead principal investigator on several large-scale surveys, including the Latino Decisions National Poll on Health Care Reform, the Collaborative Multi-racial Post-election Study, and the recent National Latino Immigration and Health Survey. A leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics, he regularly provides political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Economist.