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
Cuba: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics
Latin American Literature in English Translation
Andean Civilization and the Inca Legacy
Intermediate Spanish I and II
Elementary Spanish I and II
Spanish for Travel
Spanish for Criminal Justice
James López specializes in contemporary Latin American literature, literary theory and 16th century chronicles of discovery and conquest. He is also interested in literary translation and fiction writing.
Professional and Community Activities: López has published extensively in his field, most recently
on the late Cuban author Virgilio Piñera, recent developments in Latin American
genre fiction, and the work of Mexican poet and novelist Homero Aridjis. He
also presents widely at international conferences, most recently at the XXV
CANELA Conference in Tokyo, the XXXIX Congress of the IILI in Cadiz, Spain, and
the XXX Congress of LASA in San Francisco.
López was recently commissioned to translate the
Pulitzer-prize winning play Anna in the Tropics for Teatro El Público in
Havana, Cuba. His recent translations of work by the novelists Rodrigo Rey Rosa
and Homero Aridjis will soon be appearing in print.
López has also led study abroad programs to Cuba and Perú. His
work in this field earned him The University of Tampa’s 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.