Ph.D. 2005, University of Michigan, History
Office Room: A-263, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
Office Phone Number: 848-445-4207
Latin American and Caribbean History, Asians in Latin America and the Caribbean, Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, Diaspora and International Migration
Professor López is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History. She specializes in the historical intersections between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Her book Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History examines Chinese migrants in Cuba from the mid-nineteenth century to the present through archival and ethnographic research in Cuba, China, and the United States and received the 2014 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize of the Caribbean Studies Association. She is currently working on two new projects, one on Asian migrants, gender, and citizenship across Caribbean societies in the early twentieth century, and the other on the diversity of the Cuban diaspora in the United States. Professor López is a member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Section on Asia and the Americas and serves on the Board of Advisers for the Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center, Ohio University Libraries. At Rutgers, she is involved with Asian American Studies, Critical Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, and is a Faculty Fellow for the 2015-16 Center for Cultural Analysis Archipelagoes Seminar. She is also an editor, along with Ignacio López-Calvo and Debbie Lee-DiStefano, of a new book series from Palgrave Macmillan called Historical and Cultural Interconnections between Latin America and Asia.
Courses Regularly Taught
|01:595:100||Introduction to Caribbean Studies|
|01:595:205/01:508:272||History of the Caribbean since 1898|
|01:595:390/01:508:370||History of Cuba|
|01:595:393/01:508:393||Global Diasporas in Caribbean History|
|01:595:497||Research Seminar in Latino and Caribbean Studies|
|16:510:631||Graduate History Colloquium: Readings in Modern Latin America|
- 2013. Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.
- 2009. "The Revitalization of Havana's Chinatown: Invoking Chinese Cuban History." Journal of Chinese Overseas. 5(1): 177-200.
- 2008. "Afro-Asian Alliances: Marriage, Godparentage, and Social Status in Late-Nineteenth- Century Cuba." Afro-Hispanic Review. 27(1): 59-72.
- 2007. Co-authored with Rebekah E. Pite. "Letters from Soledad in the Atkins Family Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society." The Massachusetts Historical Review. 9: 35-54.
Special Journal Issue
- 2008. Guest Editor with Evelyn Hu-DeHart. Special Issue on "Afro-Asia," Afro-Hispanic Review 27(1). Introduction, "Asian Diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Historical Overview." 9-21.
- 2014. “In Search of Legitimacy: Chinese Immigrants and Latin American Nation Building.” In Immigration and National Identities in Latin America 1850-1950. Edited by Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel, 182-204. Gainesville: The University Press of Florida.
- 2013. "Renace el sueño: Remaking Havana's Barrio Chino." In Orientalism and Identity in Latin America: Fashioning Self and Others from the (Post)Colonial Margin. Edited by Erik Camayd-Freixas, 160-73. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.
- 2007. "Transnational Histories: A Dual-Sided Approach to Researching Early-Twentieth- Century Chinese Migration to Cuba." In Chinese Overseas: Migration, Research and Documentation. Edited by Tan Chee-Beng, Colin Storey, and Julia Zimmerman, 167-198. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
- 2006. "The Chinese in Cuban History." In Essays on the Chinese Diaspora in the Caribbean. Edited by Walton Look Lai, 105-29. Trinidad & Tobago: History Department, University of the West Indies.
- 2004. "'One Brings Another': The Formation of Early-Twentieth-Century Chinese Migrant Communities in Cuba." In The Chinese in the Caribbean. Edited by Andrew R. Wilson, 93-127. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers. 93-127.
- Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History, New Books Network (November 21, 2014)
- Carrie Stetler, “As Chinese-Cuban Population Dwindles, Traditions Die,” Rutgers Today (October 18, 2013)
- Will Weissert, “In Havana’s Chinatown, Rare Droplets of Freedom” Associated Press (July 12, 2010)
- Lydia Lum, “The Hybridization of Ethnic Studies,” Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (September 18, 2008)