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Edwin Lopez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Edwin Lopez was born in Los Angeles, CA, raised in Glendale, CA., and is the son of Guatemalan immigrants. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In Spring 2012 he lectured in the Programs of Sociology and Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Channel Islands and from 2012-2015 in Sociology at the University of California, Merced. His doctoral research was a qualitative study on local justice organizing in post-Katrina New Orleans. Primarily concerned with the variety of ways Latina/o immigrant workers, African American residents, and white college-aged volunteers worked to achieve social justice he examined how racialized groups used culture in their attempts to redistribute resources along racial lines. His current research is on the experiences of Central American children who migrated to the Mexico-U.S. border in summer 2014. More broadly, his research interest is on the institutions of mass detention/deportation and mass incarceration, their impact on Latina/o immigrant and African American communities, and how the technologies of social control that sustain them may engender multiracial alliances for social justice.


2010, Ph.D, Sociology, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara

2004, M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

2000, M.A., Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

1995, B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Areas

Immigration, Latina/o Studies, Race, Globalization, Social Movements, and Resistance


Kennedy, Erin, Lopez, Edwin, O’Neil, Moira, and Talcott, Molly.  2009.  “History, Development, and Transformation in Paule Marshall’s The Chosen Place, The Timeless People:  A Conversation Among Students of Development.” In On the Edges of Development:  Cultural Interventions, edited Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, Priya Kurian, and Debashish Monshi, pp. 188-195. (New York:  Routledge)

López, Edwin.  2017. “Migration as Resistance to Global Capitalism:  From Cause to Action in the Migration of Central American Children to the United States, Summer 2014.”  Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Brill Publishers. 16: 34-59.

López, Edwin.  2018. “Water is Life at Standing Rock: A Case of First World Resistance to Global Capitalism.”  Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Brill Publishers. 17: 139-157.

López, Edwin.  2019. “Race, Culture, and Resistance at Standing Rock: an Analysis of Racialized Dispossession and Indigenous Resistance.”  Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Brill Publishers. 18: 113-133.