Core Faculty


Kathleen López
Associate Professor

Ph.D. 2005, University of Michigan, History
M.A. 1995, Cornell University, Asian Studies
B.A. 1990, University of Virginia, History

Office Room: A-263, Lucy Stone Hall, Livingston Campus
Office Phone Number: 848-445-4207
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Research Interests

Latin American and Caribbean History, Asians in Latin America and the Caribbean, Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, Diaspora and International Migration


Biographical Information

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. At Rutgers, she is involved with Asian American Studies, Critical Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, and was a Faculty Fellow for the 2015-16 Center for Cultural Analysis Archipelagoes Seminar. She is also an editor, along with Ignacio López-Calvo, 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
01:506:402 History Seminar
16:510:631 Graduate History Colloquium: Readings in Modern Latin America







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.


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