Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

David Barton, PhD

Director, Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Office: GE 109

Dr. Barton received a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the founding editor of The Salt Journal, which was nominated for the Utne Reader Independent Press Award as one of the best alternative magazines in the nation. Dr. Barton is on the editorial advisory board of Spring Journal, which is the oldest English-language Jungian journal in the world, and he writes about mythological issues in contemporary culture. He is currently working on a book about Vaclav Havel and is Director of the Intergrated Studies program.


Lori Franklin, MALori Franklin, MA

Chair, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Language & Letters
Associate Professor, English

Office: GE 114

I graduated from California State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in English Composition in 1989. I have always loved teaching and have been fortunate to have opportunities to teach composition, public speaking, and literature courses at several different colleges: Yakima Valley Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Bakersfield Community College, and Austin Community College. For the last five years, I have been a full-time faculty member at Northern, teaching composition, literature, and speech courses, tutoring in the Writing Center, and developing service learning projects and programs. Working with my colleagues and with students at Northern has been an extremely educational and enriching experience. Aside from my teaching career, I am also the mother of three exceptional and beautiful children: Andres, Tomas, and Elena.


Tim Crone, MATim Crone, MA

Associate Professor of  Sociology & Anthropology
Office: GE 108

I earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Anthropology, from Texas Tech University in 1971. I joined the Faculty at Tech for one year. In 1972, I taught at Kansas State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and then moved to Santa Fe in 1973. I have been an Instructor of Sociology and Anthropology for UNM Northern Branch, NNMCC and NNMC since August 1973. I served 16 years as President, and 4 years as Vice-President, of the Faculty Association and Faculty Senate.

I was a primary organizer of the first New Mexico College Faculty Union, NFEE #4935. I subsequently coordinated organizing the classified staff and adjunct faculty at Northern. I have served as President of the union since 1994 and negotiated contracts for all three units. I helped design and implement programs in Human Services, Substance Abuse Counseling, Criminal Justice and Southwest Studies. The reason why I have remained at this job for so long is because of my love of teaching, the students at the college, and my colleagues.

Caroline Jaramillo and I have been married since 1982, have two daughters, Amy and Janet, and two grandchildren Marissa and Allison.


Dr. Matthew MartinezMatthew J. Martinez, PhD

Director, Northern Pueblos Institute
Assistant Professor, Pueblo Indian
505 747-5458

Dr. Matthew J. Martinez was born and raised at Ohkay Owingeh. He has a PhD in American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Director of the Northern Pueblos Institute and an Assistant Professor of Pueblo Indian Studies at Northern New Mexico College. Prior to joining the Northern faculty he served as the Director of Indian Education at the New Mexico Higher Education Department where he worked to advance a number of initiatives designed to increase opportunities for American Indian students. Dr. Martinez has been a consultant for tribes and has published in the areas of Indian education and economic development. His most recent publication appears in White Shell Water Place: An Anthology of Native American Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe (2010 Sunstone Press).


Patricia Perea, PhDPatricia Marie Perea, PhD

Assistant Professor of Humanities
Office: GE 112

Dr. Patricia Marie Perea received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the  University of New Mexico. Her dissertation entitled Ghostly Eyes I(s)/Eyes: The Formation of Mexican American Subjectivity in Mexican American Life Narratives is a study of the presence of ghosts/hauntings in memoir/autobiography (including both written and visual texts). Before beginning her position as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Northern New Mexico College, Dr. Perea worked as a full-time faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Taos branch. While at UNM Taos, Dr. Perea worked closely with the Campus Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and the Red Willow Education Center on Taos Pueblo. Before moving to Taos, NM, Dr. Perea served as the Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While at Brown, Dr. Perea taught courses in Ethnic Studies, particularly Native American and Chicana/o Studies. While a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Perea taught numerous courses in American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, English, Native American Studies and Women Studies.  She received her M.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and her B.A. in English/History from West Texas A&M University in 1997. Currently, she is working with issues of race and culture among people of color in the Texas Panhandle. She is also a creative writer and in the very early stages of learning to weave and colcha. She is incredibly proud to work at Northern New Mexico College and to serve its hardworking and dedicated student population.


Dr. Heather WintererHeather Winterer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Humanities
Office: GE 113

Dr. Heather Winterer received her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she held the Schaeffer Fellowship for Poetry, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her book, The Two Standards is under contract with the Colorado Center for Literary Publishing as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series. Ten poems from her new manuscript, Art’s Garage, won the 2010 Iowa Review Prize for poetry. She has also won the Litteral Latte and the Tusculum Review prizes for poetry. Her publications include such national literary journals as American Poetry Review, Fence, Colorado Review, Interim, and many others. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences for three years.