Dr. Antonio Lopez

University of Illinois – Chicago

Freshwater Lab Associate


Dr. Antonio R. López is a writer, educator, and historian. Formerly the Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) from 2013-2016, Dr. López now serves as LVEJO’s Senior Advisor.

Born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. López received his doctorate in Borderlands History at the University of Texas at El Paso. He currently teaches courses for the Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning at DePaul University, and is a 2017 Social Justice News Nexus fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Dr. López has written extensively on anti-poverty and anti-racist social movements in Chicago, and has also organized for human rights, environmental justice, and economic justice in Chicago and on the U.S./Mexico border.

His writings have been published in Breaching The Colonial Contract: Anti Colonialism In The US and Canada, by the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce, and by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College.