Amanda López is an Associate Professor/Chair of History & Political Science at Saint Xavier University, and the Program Director for Latino/Latin American Studies at the same university. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After working for a few years in human resources, she returned to school to pursue her interest in Latin American history. She entered the University of Arizona in 2002, where she earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2004 and a Ph.D. in history in 2010. At Saint Xavier, Professor López serves as the chapter advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring cemeteries.
"My experience in the LAS program at U of A was crucial for preparing me for the work I do now. SXU is an HSI with a student body that is more than 40% Latinx and it's very rewarding to teach at a school where students often make connections between their owned lived experiences and the history of the region. The interdisciplinary training of U of A's program, including courses in history, art history, political science, and language have allowed me to build courses with diverse perspectives and methodologies. Finally, one of my favorite aspects of LAS at Arizona was the sense of community among the students and the faculty. I am working to build that same kind of support for our undergraduate students at SXU."