María E. López

Dr María Encarnación López is course leader for Society, Politics and Policy BA (Hons), Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Latin American and Caribbean Centre (2017-20), Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), Member of the Spanish and Latin America Society (SLAS) and Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

María López


María E. López

In 2012, María completed a PhD on Hispanic Studies at University College London. Prior to the completion of her PhD thesis, she finished a Master’s degree in Postcolonial Studies (London Met), a BA (Hons) English Studies (Complutense University of Madrid) and a BPhil Modern Languages: German and English (Salamanca University, Spain).
María joined the London Metropolitan University in 2007 as a lecturer of Latin American and Spanish politics and culture and was course leader of the Department of Hispanic Studies from 2009 to 2011, when she moved to the School of Social Sciences. Her teaching and research work contributes to the fields of women’s studies, sociology of sex and gender, human rights, political science, and development studies in the School of Social Sciences.

María’s research work aims to develop practical global responses to the social and political challenges on the issues of gender violence, femicide, citizenship, racism, migration and human rights in the Hispanic region.
María is the author of a number of journal articles, book chapters and a book, Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba (Tamesis, 2015), which entails an original study of the sexual and gender normative models in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s government. She is currently working on two books: Twenty-First Century Hispanic Women Writers (Tamesis, 2018), which is co-authored with Professor Stephen M. Hart (UCL); and Femicide in Latin America: Mexico and Argentina. Her research paradigm expands beyond the structural social construction of gender inequality (and violence) in the Hispanic region. María’s approach to the tensions between the citizen and the system is intersectional and shows the link between culture and the social and political sciences.

In preparation

  • López, M.E. (2018) ‘Femicide in Ciudad Juárez: myth, androcentrism and impunity’. Potential outlet: Journal of Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.
  • López, M.E. (2020) Femicide in Latin America: Mexico and Argentina. Potential outlets: the ‘Gender and Politics’ series, Routledge.

Books (Authored)

  • López, M.E. and Hart, S. M. (2019) Twenty-First-Century Hispanic Women’s Writing, Woodbridge: Tamesis.
  • López, M.E. (2015) Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba: Reinaldo Arenas and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Woodbridge: Tamesis. ISBN: 9781855662889. Available in

Selected book chapters and journal articles

  • López, M.E. (2017) ‘Homosexuality and homophobia in Europe’, in Isaacs (ed.) European Social Problems. London: Routledge, pp. 220 – 236.
  • López, M.E. (2016) ‘La revolución cubana en transición: Estados Unidos, democracia, derechos humanos y el Papa Francisco’ (‘The Cuban Revolution: the US, democracy, human rights and Pope Francis’), Otro lunes. Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura, [Electronic], no. 40, Issue 10, March. Available:
  • López, M.E. (2014) ‘Reinaldo Arenas: the spokesman of the invisible community’, in Font M.A. and Tinajero A. (eds.) Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change, New York: Paradigm Publishers, pp. 73 – 96. ISBN: 978161205679.
  • López, M.E. (2014) ‘Treinta años de conducta impropia’: Interview with Orlando Jiménez Leal’, Diario de Cuba, [Electronic], 26 July. Available:
  • López, M.E. (2003) ‘Salir del armario: retrato de la España Homosexual’ (‘Coming out of the closet: portrait of homophobia in Spain’), in López de Villaamil, R. (ed.) Planeta Humano, pp. 48–59.


María E. López
Course Leader for Society, Politics and Policy BA (Hons)