Associate Director

Floridalma Boj Lopez, PhD

Floridalma Boj Lopez is an assistant professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.  Boj Lopez’s work uses a transborder approach to analyze the experiences of Maya migrants as they cross settler colonial borders and encounter distinct racial logics in the United States. Her research examines cultural production among the Guatemalan Maya diaspora with a particular emphasis on intergenerational relationships, gender, and the production of Indigenous migrant community in Los Angeles, CA. She is particularly interested in how these communities respond to structures of state violence and understand their relationship to indigeneity in ways that account for distinct experiences across generations. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Mobile Archives of Indigeneity: The Mayan Diaspora and Indigenous Cultural Production whichexamines how Guatemalan Mayan migrants and youth in Los Angeles challenge notions of Latinidad through material objects such as digital photography, Mayan regional clothing, and children’s literature. Her work has been published in the Latino Studies Journal, the International Journal of Human Rights Education, and in the book U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance.