Assistant Professor of Sociology
Marcos López joined the faculty at Bowdoin College in 2013. At Bowdoin, he teaches courses on work, immigration, race/ethnicity, food and agriculture studies, and social theory.
López received his Ph.D in Sociology with a designated emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Working at the intersection of the scholarship on immigration, work, race and ethnicity, and political economy, his research highlights the efforts of strawberry farm workers to organize in the context of heightened border enforcement and decreased mobility. Particularly, his ethnographic research offers a cautionary tale against totalizing narratives of Mexican migrant farm workers within the transnational labor market. Drawing on field data from two transnational sites key to the U.S. strawberry industry in Baja California and California, his dissertation identifies that Mexican indigenous farm workers differ significantly from mestizo (mixed-race) farm workers in their use of migrant networks, labor market participation and organizing strategies.
López grew up on a horse-breeding farm in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, where the daily temperature rarely drops to 32 degrees and snowfall is out of the question. He has learned to enjoy actual seasons; ironically, even winter in Maine. However, some things never seem to change. He continues to root for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.