Dr María Encarnación López is a Reader at the School of Social Sciences. She is the course leader for Political Violence and Radicalisation Studies – MSc. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre (London School of Economics and Political Science) and a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Security, Intelligence and Governance (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). She is member of Tamesis Publishing House editorial board (Latin American social science studies).
In 2012, she completed a PhD in Hispanic Studies at University College London. She holds a Master’s degree in Postcolonial Studies from LMU, a BA (Hons) in English Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and a BPhil in Modern Languages: German and English from Salamanca University (Spain).
María E. López
María joined London Metropolitan University in 2007 as a lecturer of Latin American and Spanish politics and cultural studies and was a course leader in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies from 2009 to 2014. She then moved to the School of Social Sciences, where she now teaches on the sociology of sex and gender, Latin American politics, political violence, human rights, and racism and ethnicity. María supervises the work of several PhD students in the School of Social Sciences. Her specialisms are migration, racism, gender and sexual violence, and political violence.
Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on cultural studies, social sciences and political studies. Her work aims to develop practical responses to the social and political challenges related to the sociology of gender and sexual violence and forced migration in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. Her publications inform policy debates on pathways to peace, human rights and social justice in the region and create lessons that are relevant to other violent settings.
María is the author of several journal articles and book chapters. Her book Homosexuality and Invisibility in Revolutionary Cuba (Tamesis, 2015) investigates the ways in which the male homosexual community challenged the political and ethical views that Fidel Castro’s government held about sexual minorities and the world in which they lived. She is currently working on two books: Gender and Political Violence in Twenty-First-Century Latin America (Tamesis, 2020), which is co-authored with Professor Stephen M. Hart (UCL), and Sexual Violence in the Necropolis: Femicide in Mexico’s Border Cities (under contract, 2022).
Advances of her research work for these books can be found on this blog.
María lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level gender and sexuality, human rights, Latin American politics and the sociology of violence, race and ethnicity. She supervises PhD students with research interests in gender and sexuality, human rights, political violence and racism and ethnicity.
López, M.E. and Hart, S.M. (2020). Gender and Political Violence in Twenty-First-Century Latin America. Woodbridge: Tamesis. Forthcoming.
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, M.E. (2020). Femicide in the necropolis: fighting the ‘politics of death’ in Juárez and in the maquiladora industry. Journal of Latin American Studies, Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.
López, M.E. (2018). Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog [online]. 15 February 2018.
López, M.E. (2018). Sex trafficking is collateral damage of the fantasy of globalization in Mexico. LSE Latin America and Caribbean Blog [online]. 26 September 2018.
López, M.E. (2017). Homosexuality and homophobia in Europe. In: S. Isaacs (ed.) European Social Problems. London: Routledge, pp. 220–236. ISBN: 9781138919938.
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’). OtroLunes: Revista Hispanoamericana de Cultura, 40(10), March [online].
López, M.E. (2014). Reinaldo Arenas: the spokesman of the invisible community. In: M.A. Font and A. Tinajero (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, 26 July [online].
Dr María Encarnación López
Course Leader for Political Violence and Radicilisation MSc