American Studies
American Studies

Sarah Lopez


Affiliate FacultyPh.D., University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor, Architecture
Sarah Lopez

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Biography


* Lopez was awarded a Mellon-Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University and is currently on leave. 

Sarah Lopez is a built environment historian, as well as a migration scholar. Lopez' research focuses on the impact of migrant remittances—dollars earned in the U.S. and sent to families and communities in Mexico—on the architecture and landscape of rural Mexico and urban USA. By approaching architectural history within the context of migration, Lopez examines multiple sites across international borders, arguing that we must examine the spatial and built environment histories of discrete places simultaneously. Her book entitled, The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.

Lopez is currently working on two projects. The first examines the architecture of immigrant detention facilities in Texas, a project commenced in partnership with the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) States of Incarceration national-exhibit. Her class contribution to the exhibition is titled Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention, and was recently exhibited at UT Austin. The second explores the overlap and evolving relationship between thirty years of continuous migration between Mexico and the US and the development of an informal binational construction industry.

Broadly speaking, she teaches about U.S. cultural landscapes, the interface between migration, architecture, and cities, the use of interdisciplinary methods to study space and society, and world architectural history. She also teaches about how to incorporate ethnographic methods into built environment research. 

EDUCATION

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

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MAS 392 • Bordrlnds/Mexcn Landscapes

35721 • Spring 2018
Meets TH 3:00PM-6:00PM SUT 3.112

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ARC 386M • Migratory Urbanism

01194 • Fall 2017
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM SUT 2.110
(also listed as CRP 388, LAS 388)

Migration is an inherently spatial phenomenon; the study of migration is the study of places, people, processes, and the state. This course addresses the history of 20th century international migration—with a focus on US-Mexico migration post WWII—through the lens of the built environment. The aim of this course is to bring migration theories and histories into the realm of architecture and planning to equip spatial practitioners with tools for thinking through how contemporary movement interfaces with the production of space. An interdisciplinary approach to the study of migration will incorporate urban and architectural histories, political economy, urban theory, ethnographies of individuals, families, and communities, material culture, and film to explore how North American cities and towns (including Mexico) and border regions are influenced by the continuous flow of people, ideas, dollars, and desire. We will engage concepts such as assimilation, transnationalism, diaspora, borderlands, and frontier. We will investigate international remittance development, multi-scalar migrant neighborhoods, and housing. Students will learn methods for conducting primary research on migration and places, and write short papers on contemporary or historical migration and Austin’s built environment.

ARC 386M • Migratory Urbanism

01138 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM SUT 2.112
(also listed as CRP 388, GRG 396T, LAS 388)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Study of critical theories and practices that affect the built environment.

 

GRG 356T • Migratory Urbanism

37828 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM SUT 2.110

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