Jami Nelson-Nuñez

Dr. Jami Nelson-Nuñez received an appointment in the Department of Political Science at The University of New Mexico in 2015. Dr. Nelson-Nuñez’s research explores the challenges of development and extending basic services to the poor in developing contexts, with particular attention paid to the interactions between civil society groups and local governments in decentralized settings. Nelson-Nuñez also studies water, sanitation and health issues in developing countries.  This work includes NSF-funded research with an interdisciplinary group from CU-Boulder evaluating the sustainability of water and sanitation projects in Peru. She offers undergraduate and graduate level courses for Latin American Studies students on topics such as inequality and poverty in the U.S. and international contexts; development and theories of change; and the role of politics in attaining access to health services, drinking water, and sanitation in Latin America.


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder (2014)
  • MA in Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder (2009)
  • BA in International Affairs, University of Colorado Boulder (1999)

Research Areas

  • Comparative Politics
  • Local Governance
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Policy
  • Research Methodology
  • Water, Sanitation and Health Issues

Country Specialization(s)

  • Peru

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • POLS 323 Politics of Global Development