* Lopez was awarded a Mellon-Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University and is currently on leave.
Sarah Lopez is a built environment historian, as well as a migration scholar. Lopez' 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.
Lopez is currently working on two projects. The first examines the architecture of immigrant detention facilities in Texas, a project commenced in partnership with the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) States of Incarceration national-exhibit. Her class contribution to the exhibition is titled Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention, and was recently exhibited at UT Austin. The second explores the overlap and evolving relationship between thirty years of continuous migration between Mexico and the US and the development of an informal binational construction industry.
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.
- B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
- M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2006
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
- 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