Areas of Expertise
- Race and Ethnicity
- Public Sociology
- Socially Engaged Research
- Africana Diaspora
- Nancy López is a professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico
- López directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice, RWJF Center for Health Policy, which is in the process of creating a “Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate.”
- López founded and coordinates the New Mexico Statewide Race, Gender, Class Data Policy Consortium and co-chairs the UNM Diversity Council, which instituted the "U.S. & Global Diversity & Inclusion," a three credit hour undergraduate requirement.
- López is a member of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at UNM and serves on the RWJF Center for Health Policy Leadership team.
- Chairs the Committee of the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities and is past-chair of the Race, Gender, Class section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
- Lopez earned a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University, 1991; and Ph.D. Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York, GSUC-CUNY, 1999).
Additional Areas of interest
López's scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality or the value of examining race and gender among other systems of inequality as overlapping social constructions for interrogating inequalities across a variety of social outcomes, including education, health, employment, housing, etc.
Her book, Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (Routledge, 2003) focuses on the race-gender experiences of Dominicans, West Indians, and Haitians to explain why girls are succeeding at higher rates than boys. Dr. López co-edited, Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (Rutgers, 2013), a multidisciplinary volume that was the byproduct of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded workshop. The book departs from the premise that “race” is a multidimensional and multilevel social construction that has profound methodological implications for research and policy. López has served on over 50 Ph.D./MA committees.
López's current research includes a national representative survey to examine the health outcomes of Latino immigrants. Another project involves an examination of higher education and intersectionality using three decades of graduation data as well as an examination of race-gender and race-class gaps in New Mexico.
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