- B.A., University of Southern California
- M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dr. López earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation is entitled El Descanso: A Comparative History of the Los Angeles Plaza Area and the Shared Racialized Space of the Mexican and Chinese Communities, 1853-1933. It focuses on a comparative history of the Los Angeles Plaza communities.
Dr. López was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at USC in 2004-2005. In addition to teaching in the American Studies and Ethnicity Program, he was conducting a specialized research project in the rare books and manuscripts section of the college's regional archives. During the spring 2003 term, Dr. López was a lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, where he created a new multidisciplinary course in oral history using service learning and was assigned to teach two other new courses in the American Cultures Studies Program. He became Visiting Professor and Assistant Director in the program for the 2003-2004 academic year. Dr. López has additional teaching experience at California State University, Long Beach, where he has taught Chicano/ Latino History and Chicano/Latino Thought. He is also knowledgeable about developing student learning outcomes and assessment.
In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. López is active in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a longstanding member of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the American Studies Association. He has been a volunteer instructor/tutor in after school programs at the elementary school level, where he has also taught mural art and drawing and a Puente Project mentor. Additionally, he has been a curator for the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California, and has organized educational programs for students, teachers and the public; he also serves on its Board of Directors.