Phillip (Felipe) B. Gonzáles

Dr. Phillip (Felipe) B. Gonzáles joined the faculty of UNM in 1987. In addition to his role within the Department of Sociology, Gonzáles has served as the Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute and the Director of the School of Public Administration. His research focuses on race and ethnicity, social movements, political sociology, and Latino/a studies. Two books stand out among his publications: Politica: Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1910 (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which offers a revisionist understanding of the early political incorporation of Mexican-origin peoples in the US body politic in the 19th century, and Forced Sacrifice as Ethnic Protest: The Hispano Cause in New Mexico and the Racial Attitude Confrontation of 1933  (Peter Lang, 2001), which examines important aspects of identity politics by introducing "forced sacrifice" as a type of protest mounted by ethnic minorities in the US, particularly in the face of liberal regimes in public institutions.


  • PhD in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (1985)
  • MA in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (1976)
  • BA in Sociology, University of New Mexico (1974)

Research Areas

  • Latino/a Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • United States