Assistant Professor

Sarah Lopez is an architectural and urban historian, as well as a migration scholar. Her current research focuses on the impact of migrant remittances—dollars earned in the U.S. and sent to families and communities in Mexico—on the architecture and landscape of rural Mexico and urban USA. By approaching architectural history within the context of migration, Lopez examines multiple sites across international borders, arguing that we must examine the spatial and built environment histories of discrete places simultaneously. Her book entitled, The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.
Broadly speaking, she teaches about U.S. cultural landscapes, the interface between migration, architecture, and cities, the use of interdisciplinary methods to study space and society, and world architectural history. She also teaches about how to incorporate ethnographic methods into built environment research. She is currently a board member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.


  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
photo of Sarah Lopez
  • U.S. and Mexican cultural landscapes
  • vernacular architecture
  • Latin American remittance development
  • U.S. nineteenth and twentieth-century built environment history
  • multidisciplinary methods for architectural historians
SUT 2.118
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