Meet James J. López
Professor, Spanish, Language and Linguistics
Education: 1991 Loyola University, B.A.
1994 Universidad de Chile, M.A.
2000 Florida International University, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Latin American Literature
Latin American Novel
Cultural History of Latin America
Mistaken Identities: Myths and Realities of the New World Encounter
Roots of Modern Latin American Thought
Latin American Literature in English Translation
Cuba: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics (study abroad)
Cuba and the U.S. (study abroad)
Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition
Spanish Language (All levels)
James López specializes in contemporary Latin American literature, literary translation and Cuban Studies
Professional and Community Activities: James López has published widely in his field, most recently concerning the work of Cuban painter Pedro Pablo Oliva, the late Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera and Mexican writers Homero Aridjis and Mario Bellatin. In 2014, López was commissioned by Teatro El Público of Havana to translate the Pulitzer-prize winning play Anna in the Tropics for joint performances in Havana and Miami Beach, and has recently published translations of work by the novelists Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Homero Aridjis.
As co-director for the Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate at The University of Tampa, Professor López was awarded a 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to establish the summer institute, “José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century” This institute will bring together 30 scholars from throughout the United States to study the history of José Martí and the cigar workers of Florida and their involvement in the fight for Cuban independence and the Spanish-American War.
Professor López teaches an array of courses and has led numerous study abroad programs to Cuba and Perú. His work with students abroad earned him The University of Tampa International Service Award in 2009.
Honors and Awards: López has received numerous grants in support of his
research and conference travel, and was twice awarded the College of Arts and
Letters Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 2007-2008 and 2009-2010.