Maria Eugenia Lopez is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas in El Paso Department of History, and her bachelor’s degree from the same university with a double major in Anthropology and Political Science. She has worked in non-profit organizations such as the Border Agricultural Farmworker Center and La Mujer Obrera in the border city of El Paso, Texas. She has collaborated in different projects related to Public History and community museums, and has been an active member of music and art collectives in this border region. Maria was awarded the Chicana/Chicano Fellowship provided by the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico from fall 2014 to fall 2016, and she was recently awarded a Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) PhD Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Maria is a member of the Transnational Research Collective at the University of New Mexico, an interdisciplinary graduate-center research collective that supports student and faculty scholarship related to transnational cultural, social and political dynamics in the Americas. She is an editor and contributor to the collective’s working paper series. She is also a member of the Social Movements Collective at UNM, a graduate student collective focused on establishing a dialogue across physical and institutional boundaries on issues related to social justice in a transnational context and its effects in translocal ways.
Her research is focused on a comparative analysis of Filipina and Mexicana domestic workers in United States, and the articulation of hierarchies of value embedded in neoliberal multiculturalism. Aside from being a graduate student and instructor, Maria collaborates as translator and representative of Niu Matat Napawika, a bi-national network of Indigenous artisan women from Mexico that acts as a bridge between social enterprises formed by indigenous artisan women and the global market.
Introduction to Southwest Studies
Race, Class and Ethnicity
Women in Latin America