Marcos Lopez

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

SOC 2320 / LAS 2720 / AFRS 2720. Latinas/os in the United States

Marcos Lopez
Latinas/os are the largest minority group in the United States. Analyzes the Latina/o experience in the United States with special focus on migration, incorporation, and strategies for economic and social empowerment. Explores diversity within the U.S. Latina/o community by drawing on comparative lessons from Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Chicano/Mexican, and Central American patterns of economic participation, political mobilization, and cultural integration.

SOC 2030. Classics of Sociological Theory

Marcos Lopez
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. 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.   


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