Meet Our Faculty and Staff

Amanda M. López

Amanda LopezAssociate Professor of History

Email: alopez@sxu.edu

Degrees Earned

Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2010

M.A., University of Arizona, 2004

B.A., Trinity University, 1998

Areas of Specialization

Mexico; Latin America; Burial Practices; Public Health

Favorite Quote

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.
-William Butler Yeats


Amanda López 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.

Her research focuses on the secularization of cemeteries in Mexico in the late nineteenth century, funerals, and the experience of death during the Mexican Revolution. Her recent research examines the cultural history of the Mexico City Metro.

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.

Courses Offered

HIST 101: World History to 1500 (PDF)

HIST 102: World History since 1500 (PDF)

FYS 175: Food in World History

HIST 200: Historical Skills and Methods (PDF)

HIST 240: Latin American History (PDF)

HIST 247: History of Mexico

HIST 348: Special Topics: Slavery and Race in Brazil

HIST 395: Senior Seminar

Selected Honors

Ford Dissertation Fellowship, 2010

Foreign Language and Acquisition Fellowship, Portuguese, 2004 


López, Amanda M. “‘An Urgent Need for Hygiene’: Cremation, Class, and Public Health in Mexico City, 1879-1920." Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, 31, no. 1 (2015): 88-124.