López, Marissa K.
Associate Professor
Humanities 266
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  • B.A., English UC Berkeley 1996
  • M.A.., English U of Wisconsin, Madison 1999
  • Ph.D., English UC Berkeley 2006


Chicana/o Literature; 19th century literature, especially the literature of the west and California; narratology; novel theory; globalization and transnational studies; disability studies; affect theory and new materialisms.

Selected Works

Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature. New York and London: New York University Press, 2011.

“¿soy emo y qué? sad kids, punkera dykes, and the Latin@ public sphere” (forthcoming in Journal of American Studies)

“Feeling Mexican: Ruiz de Burton’s Sentimental Railroad Fiction” (forthcoming in The Latino Nineteenth Century, edited collection)

“On Mentoring First Generation and Graduate Students of Color,” with Daniel Heath Justice (forthcoming in Pedagogy)

“More Than a Fever: Towards a Theory of the Ethnic Archive.” with Dana Williams. (PMLA 127:2 [2012] 357-359)

“The Mexican Lieutenant: Emerson, Texas, and The Sentimental Politics of Language” (Western American Literature 45:4 [2011] 385-409)

“The Language of Resistance: Alurista’s Global Poetics” (MELUS: The Journal of The Society for The Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States 33:1 [2008] 93 - 116)

“The Political Economy of Early Chicano Historiography: The Case of Hubert H. Bancroft and Mariano G. Vallejo” (American Literary History 19:4 [2008] 874 - 904)

“Chicano Literature: theoretically speaking, formally reading Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia” (Aztlán: a journal of Chicano Studies 32:2 [2007] 139 - 156)

Other Information

My first book, Chicano Nations (NYU 2011), is about how Chicano literature, from the nineteenth – twenty-first centuries, represents the nation. Global, trans-, and even post- national considerations have gained considerable traction in Chicana/o literary studies, but the field tends to speak of these as recent phenomena. I argue the opposite, and assert that to persist in thinking of them as new makes it impossible to grasp the long view of Chicana/o literary history. I show that national and global tensions lie at the historical heart of Chicano narratives of the nation. My work has appeared in American Literary History, MELUS, Journal of American Studies and other leading journals in my field.I have received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. 

I am a currently the Associate Diretor of the Chicano Studies Research Center here at UCLA, and chair of the Modern Language Association’s Division Executive Committee on Chicana/o Literature.