Born and raised in the Bronx, I am the first in my family to ever to go to college or graduate school. These experiences have shaped me and explain my interests in gender, acculturation, socioeconomic status and cross-cultural psychopathology. Additionally, as a light-skinned Latina, issues related to skin color, ethnic and racial identity and racial misidentification have always interested me. As a cross cultural and feminist psychologist, I am primarily interested in studying those have traditionally been underrepresented and marginalized in the field of psychology.
Thus far, I have been fortunate enough to receive a number of teaching and research awards for my work, such as Kenyon's highly prized Kenyon Trustee Teaching Award, the Harvey Lodish Faculty Development Chair in the Natural Sciences and most recently the APA Henry David International Teaching Mentoring Award, I taught abroad in the Semester at Sea program, where I visited and lectured in China, Japan, Viet Nam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana and Brazil, and in 2012 was the Director of the Kenyon in Rome program. Currently, I serve as Kenyon's Global Campus Liaison and work with my colleagues to help internationalize our curricula.
This coming January, I been selected to be a Fulbright Scholar. I will be teaching in the Masters Program of Social Integration at Eötvös Loránd University, in Budapest, Hungary in the Spring of 2020. I will be teaching courses on the psychology of immigration and cross-cultural psychology.
I am an avid photographer and proud mama of two.
My Areas of Expertise: Cross-cultural psychopathology, ethnic identity, women's issues in ethnic minority communities, acculturation and mental health, phenotype and skin color.
Irene López, PhD. Kenyon College Department of Psychology 203 North College Road Samuel Mather 302 Gambier, Ohio 43022 United States