2023 Charter Professor
School of Transborder Studies
Lopez is an assistant professor in the School of Transborder Studies. Lopez’s research focuses on addressing social and health disparities in the Latino community, demonstrating his commitment to ASU’s focus on research of public value that promotes community well-being. Drawing on his personal experiences as a Latino first-generation college student, he has a clear passion for teaching and mentoring of underrepresented students, establishing the Social and Health Inequities Research Training program, which aims to develop the next generation of leaders, scholars and changemakers to address social inequities that disproportionately impact Latino communities. Irasema Coronado, director of the School of Transborder Studies, describes Lopez and his open-door policy as fostering “a mentoring relationship with almost 70 students … he is an excellent teacher because of his passion, ability to share knowledge, and for creating positive learning environments.” As an ASU Charter Professor, Lopez plans to launch “El Laboratorio” to design and disseminate science-based, culturally tailored information campaigns that will address the distinct needs of the Latino community across Arizona.