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Ana Lopez

Assistant Professor
Special Education

Ana Lopez headshot in sun

Dr. Ana C. López is originally from Ciudad Juarez. Mexico. She employs qualitative research methodologies, and a Critical Race Feminist framework to center lived experience as a valuable root of knowledge. Through critical-self reflexivity and testimonio methodology, Ana's work aims to identify, unlearn. and challenge embodiments of ableism and deficit-oriented narratives around (dis)abilities.

Ana’s dissertation, Testimonios de Maternidad, bears witness to the lived experiences of single mothers who have children with intellectual disabilities with societal ableism, the educational system, and inaccessible infrastructure in Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua. In her last published book, “Y tú, qué hora traes? Unpacking the privileges of dominant groups in México,” she employs critical self-reflexivity to shed light on some of the unchallenged embodiments of oppression through which members of the dominant groups in México reify marginalization. 


PhD in Special Education with a concentration in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and a minor in Family Studies from New Mexico State University

Selected Publications

  • López, A. C. (2021). Circo, maroma y teatro: Madres solteras en Ciudad Juárez para sus hijos con discapacidad intelectual. Revista Campo Abierto, 4(2), 259-270 
  • López, A. C. (2020) Y tú qué hora traes? Unpacking the privileges of dominant groups in Mexico. Brill Publishers. (Book/Peer reviewed)

Selected Presentations

  • López, A. C. (September 2021) Testimoniando lo vivido: A conversation about Chicana/Latina ways of knowing. Sankofa Speaker Series: Hispanic Heritage Month. Lesley University. 
  • Carmona, J. F., López A. C. (2021) Contornos y procesos en la metodologia de testimonios: De la teoría a la práctica. Geotestimonios Transfronterisx: Workshop Series. Fondo de Arte TransFronterizo