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Gilberto Lopez

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303

Dr. Gilberto Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. His works apply social determinants and political economy of health frameworks to understand the health and wellbeing of (im)migrant, rural, and racialized minority populations. As a broadly trained social scientist, he applies mixed-methods of research to better understand the inequities that lead to disparities in cancer, mental health, and infectious disease (COVID-19). Dr. Lopez’s ultimate goal is to produce data that will guide the development and implementation of interventions that reduce disparities between, and within, groups.



ScD - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Harvard School of Public Health.

MPH - Health, Behavior, and Society; Health Communication. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

MA - Medical Anthropology. Southern Methodist University.

BA - Anthropology; Chicano Studies. Fresno State University.

AA - General Ed. Modesto Junior College.


Research Interests: 


  • Dr. Lopez is director of the CAAZa COVID Studies, a series of surveys focused on understanding the immediate and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the health and socioeconomic wellbeing of Latino/as across the U.S. For more info follow us on Twitter @CazzaCovid
  • He is also involved in the creation, dissemination, and evaluation of COVID-19 animations aimed at Latinx populations. This work can be seen here:


Cancer Disparities

Dr. Lopez’s cancer research looks at the social determinants of cancer and cancer-related behaviors among Latinx living in rural areas. Current/recent projects include:

  • Using secondary data from NCI's Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), this study aims to understand the relationships between race/ethnicity, rurality, and cancer-related behaviors/outcomes in a nationally representative survey sample.



Dr. Lopez's work on immigration aims to understand the factors and processes of migration and integration, with a focus on health and wellbeing. Current/recent projects include:

  • Migration and health in a binational indigenous (Mixteco) Mexican community.
  • Migration, integration, and civic/political engagement in rural California
Summer 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
TSS 690Reading and Conference
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 323Latina/o Health Issues
TCL 327Health and Migration
TCL 494Special Topics
TSS 598Special Topics
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 305Transborder Practicum
TCL 494Special Topics
TSS 598Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 327Health and Migration
TCL 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
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