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Jennifer C Payne

Jennifer Payne

Senior Academic Advisor


I am originally from New Jersey, but moved to New Mexico shortly after I finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology, in search of open space and big skies.  After working for a few years in clinical research, I shifted gears to pursue a Master of Architecture at UNM.  My thesis research focused on students’ socialization into the discipline of architecture and I enjoyed it so much, I continued on to complete a PhD in Architecture at the University of Michigan.  I broadened my research to capture the experiences of first-generation, female and students of color in architecture to understand how they acclimated to this discipline which is historically white, male and upper class.  I have worked with students in higher education in a variety of roles over the years: instructor, researcher, coach and mentor.  I am continually inspired by the hard work, motivation, persistence and dedication that I've seen in my students and I look forward to guiding you in your journey to meet your personal academic goals.

Majors Advised

  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Physics and Astrophysics

All Student Enquiries should be directed to or (505) 277-4621