Dr. Patricia WojahnChair Interdisciplinary Studies Department
Borderlands Writing Project Director
Dr. Cynthia BejaranoRegent’s Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Principal Investigator: CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program)
Prof. Mary BenantiCollege Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (retired)mbenanti@nmsu.edu
Dr. James R. MaupinProfessor of Interdisciplinary Studiesjmaupin@nmsu.edu
Dr. Manal HamzehProfessor of Interdisciplinary Studiesmanahamz@nmsu.edu
Dr. M. Catherine JonetAssociate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Founder & Co-Director
Dr. Laura Anh WilliamsAssociate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Director of Gender & Sexuality Studies
Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Co-Director


The mission of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department is consistent with the land-grant mission of NMSU. The Interdisciplinary Studies Department is committed to acknowledging and engaging power differentials with the aim of creating a productive, non-hierarchical, and dignifying work environment, as well as, a creative and critical pedagogy and scholarship within collegial and equitable and inclusive relationships. The Department’s mission entails four broad, often overlapping, functions: teaching, scholarship and creative activity, service, and extension and outreach.

Our aim in teaching is to deliver the highest quality education to undergraduate and graduate students, including training in theoretical perspectives; methodologies of research, inquiry and analysis; and experiential learning. Our aim in scholarship and creative activity is to advance knowledges and make information relevant to our many constituents through presentation, publication, and engagement. Our aim in service is to engage in activities supportive of Department, College, University, community and professional endeavors while recognizing our special commitment to the citizens of New Mexico. Our aim in extension and outreach is to make our knowledges and skills available and relevant across the region, state, and beyond.