Skip to main contentSkip to main navigationSkip to footer content

Campus Directory


Amanda Lopez

Title:Associate Professor/Chair
Office:Warde Academic Center
Department: History & Political Science


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.

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.


Ph.D. in History

University of Arizona

M.A. in Latin American Studies

University of Arizona

Areas of Specialization

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.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History Since 1500
  • FYS 175: Food in World History
  • HIST 200: Historical Skills and Methods
  • HIST 240: Latin American History
  • HIST 247: History of Mexico
  • HIST 348: Special Topics: Slavery and Race in Brazil
  • HIST 395: Senior Seminar

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 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.