Issues of trauma & violence; ways of theater, literature and art provide avenues for personal healing, community building and social change.
- Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (1997)
- B.A. California State University, Sacramento (1992)
- A.A. equv. Cosumnes River College, (1984-1987)
Teaches dramatic literature, dramaturgy, playwriting analysis, women in theater, and contemporary and world theater history.er classes have explored such topics as: Violence as a Critical Discourse; Interpreting the Unsayable - Reading Trauma; Transnational Feminist Performance; The Staging of the Prison Industrial Complex; Queer Identity in Performance; Figurations of Men and Masculinity; and Theater for Youth.She is the editor of the short story anthology, Growing Up Chicana/o (1993) and the scholarly journal Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (since 2006), the only flagship interdisciplinary journal of Latino studies. Dr. López has over twenty years experience working within the Latina/o arts community and has a national reputation as a leading scholarly voice who uses her dramaturgical skills to foster dialogue and programming among artists, practitioners, academics, and audiences. As a dramaturg and editor, Dr. López has worked with such playwrights as Maria Irene Fornes, Cherríe Moraga, Migdalia Cruz, Josefina Lopez, Luis Alfaro, and Adelina Anthony. Among her awards, she is a 2004 Fulbright Scholar to Spain and the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation for her work on intellectual diversity and the creative arts. She is an active participating faculty member in UC Riverside’s prestigious Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program, and her work with students has been recognized by a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (2009). Dr. López is also a Cooperating Faculty Member with the Department of English where she has developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on Latina/o dramatic literature as part of her career-long engagement with storytelling and narrative production across genres, mediums, and disciplinary locations.
Dr. López has published numerous essays, articles, chapters, and reviews in books and journals, including Theatre Journal, American Theatre, Paso de Gato Revista Mexicana de Teatro, Ollantay Theater Magazine, A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama, and Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands.