Kevin Estes

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PhD Student

ECON 2026
Curriculum vitae


Hello! I am a fourth generation New Mexican from Melrose, New Mexico (eastern side of the state near the west Texas border).  My heritage is rooted in agriculture; each of those three previous generations of my family farmed and ranched in the same area near Melrose for over 100 years now.  I graduated from Melrose High School in 2009 and then received my bachelor’s degree in finance from New Mexico State University in 2013.


After graduation from NMSU I married my high school sweetheart and we moved to Albuquerque for her to attend the physical therapy doctoral program here at UNM (she just graduated this past June). While she attended school I was employed in the telecommunications industry as a project analyst. As a project analyst my duties included managing multimillion dollar budgets for two states, forecasting future revenue and costs, analyzing each individual projects’ expenses and revenues, and providing research and advice to directors within my former company.  My future aspirations are to become a professor of economics here in the state and research rural economies (development, growth, etc.).  I’d love to become an authority on the New Mexican Economy someday and have the chance to work with legislators to improve the future of our state.