Dr María Encarnación López is the course leader for Society, Politics and Policy BA (Hons) and Political Violence and Radicalisation MSc. Dr María is a 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 E. López
In 2012, María completed a PhD on Hispanic Studies at University College London with a thesis on sexual and gender normative models in 20th Century Cuba. Prior to the completion of her PhD thesis, she finished a Master’s degree in Postcolonial Studies from London Met, a BA (Hons) English Philology from Complutense University of Madrid and a BPhil Modern Languages: German and English from Salamanca University, Spain. María joined London Metropolitan University in 2007 as a lecturer of Latin American and Spanish politics and cultural studies and was course leader of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies from 2009 to 2014. Her teaching and research work contributes to the fields of women’s studies, sociology of sex and gender, gender violence, human rights, and development studies in the Global South 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 Global South. Her research on gender and sexual violence generate an interdisciplinary research-based sociological account to the development in conflict settings, informs policy debates on pathways to peace, human rights, migration and justice, and creates lessons that are relevant to other violent scenarios.
María is the author of journal articles, book chapters and a book, Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba. Reinaldo Arenas and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (Tamesis, 2015). She is currently researching for two books: Twenty-First Century Hispanic Women Writers (Tamesis, 2020) and Sexual violence and femicide in Latin America.
María supervises the work of several PhD students in the School of Social Sciences. Her specialisms are migration, racism, gender inequality and sexual violence.
- López, María E. and Hart, S.M. (2020) Twenty-First-Century Hispanic Women’s Writing. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
- López, María E. (2015) Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba: Reinaldo Arenas and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. ISBN: 9781855662889.
Selected book chapters, journal articles and blog entries
- López, María E. (2019) ‘Femicide in the necropolis: fighting the ‘politics of death’ in Juárez and in the maquiladora industry’, Journal of Latin American Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Cambridge University Press.
- López, María E. (2018) ‘Sex trafficking is collateral damage of the fantasy of globalisation in Mexico’, LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (26 September 2018).
- López, María E. (2018) ‘Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico’, LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog (15 February 2018).
- López, María E. (2017) ‘Homosexuality and homophobia in Europe’, in Isaacs (ed.) European Social Problems. London: Routledge, pp. 220–236. ISBN: 9781138919938.
- López, María 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.
- López, María 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, María E. (2014) ‘Treinta años de conducta impropia’: Interview with Orlando Jiménez Leal’, Diario de Cuba, [Electronic], 26 July.