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Iris Lopez

Department Chair, Professor
Co-Director of Latin American & Latino Studies


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership



Affiliated Departments

Latin American and Latino Studies
Women's Studies


NAC 6/108B

p: 212-650-7527


  • Profile

    Iris López is Professor of Sociology and currently co-Director of the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies at City College. An invited speaker, consultant and board member, Professor López completed her Bachelors degree at New York University in literature in 1975, and earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University in 1980 and 1985. She is a specialist in Latino/a gender and educational issues, pre-natal care, and sterilization abuse.

  • Education

    A.A., Borough of Manhattan Community College; B.A., New York Univ.; M.A., Columbia Univ., Ph.D.

  • Research Interests

    Puerto Ricans in the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii, Gender Issues Pre-Natal Care Sterilization Abuse Education of Latino Youth

  • Publications

    Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women’s Struggle for Reproductive Freedom, 2008     

    “Borinkis and Chop Suey: Puerto Rican Identity in Hawai'i, 1900-2000” in The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives (Carmen Teresa Whalen and Victor Vázquez-Hernández, eds.), 2005     

    “An Ethnography of the Medicalization of Puerto Rican Women’s Reproduction,” in Pragmatism in Action: Women’s Responses to Body Technologies (Margaret Lock and Patricia Kaufert, eds.), 1998     

    Co-author, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonies, 2001.

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