Marcos Lopez

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

LAS 2725/SOC 2225. Global Politics of Work

Globally, a large portion of life is devoted to work. The type of work that people perform reflects global inequalities. Introduces the history of wage-labor and theoretical concepts used to understand the shifting dimensions of work and its implication for the global workforce. Particular focus on labor in the United States, Latin America, and Asia; manufacturing and service work; migration and labor trafficking; the body as the site for transforming labor into wage-labor; and forms of labor resistance.

SOC 2030. Classics of Sociological Theory

An analysis of selected works by the founders of modern sociology. Particular emphasis is given to understanding differing approaches to sociological analysis through detailed textual interpretation. Works by Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and selected others are read.

Marcos López joined the faculty at Bowdoin College in 2013. His scholarly interests lie at the intersections of migration, labor and labor movements, decolonial thought, race/ethnicity, agrarian 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. With support from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, he is working on a book-length manuscript, El Agua Calienta: Agrarian Landscapes, Water and the Undercurrents of Indigenous Farmworker Resistance that examines alienation within simplified agrarian landscapes in Baja California and how indigenous migrants, originally from southern Mexico, mobilize their cultural practices to organize for better working conditions and access to water in their settlements. 

López takes great pleasure in his teaching. At Bowdoin he teaches Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion; Food, Agriculture and Social Justice; Latinas and Latinos in the U.S.; Global Labor Politics; the Classics of Sociological Theory; Introduction to Sociology; and Current Controversies in Sociology. He also has mentored students who have received a number of fellowships, scholarships and awards, such as, the Mellon Mays Fellowship, the Marshall and Truman Scholarships, the Fulbright Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Hispanic Scholar of the Year, awarded by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. 

The son of Mexican migrants, 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.   


  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California ; Santa Cruz

Personal Website


Lopez, Marcos. nd. “Transborder Labor Resistance: Mestizo and Indigenous Farmworkers, and the Racialized Networks that Promote Labor Resistance.” Revise and resubmit in Latino Studies

Lopez, Marcos. nd. “Redeveloping the Shaken City: Articulations of a Post-Earthquake City.” Under review in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity          

Lopez, Marcos. 2017. “In Hidden View: How Water Became a Catalyst for Farmworker Resistance in Baja California, Mexico.” Pp. 188-202 in C. Ashcraft and T. Mayer’s The Politics of Fresh Water: Access, Conflict, and Identity. New York: Routledge

Lopez, Marcos. 2017. “Review of N. Flores-Yeffal’s book, Migration-Trust Networks: Social Cohesion in Mexican US-Bound Emigration.” Contemporary Sociology 46(1): 69-71

Recent Conference Presentations

Conference on Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples in Latin American and the Caribbean
Location: Morelia, Mexico
Presentation Title: La Gestión Hidden Transcripts in the Public Acts of Indigenous Migrant Resistance

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Retreat for Career Enhancement Fellows
Location: Tampa, FL
Presentation Title: Insurgent Indios: Labor, Landscape, and Epistemologies of Resistance

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Location: Boston, MA
Presentation Title: Unmaking the Mexican Strawberry: Science, Racial Anxieties, and New Borderland Futures

Postcolonial Natures: Landscapes of Violence and Erasure
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Presentation Title: In Hidden View: How Water Became a Catalyst for Farmworker Resistance in Baja California

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Location: New York, NY
Presentation Title: “Water Was Always Around Us”: Indigenous Farmworker Solidarities and Organizing in the San Quintín Valley, Baja California