Dr. Luis Sánchez-López is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow and UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at UCLA.

Dr. Sánchez-López is a Zapotec scholar who was born in Tlacolula, Oaxaca. He earned a Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the Critical Latinx Indigeneities Working Group and co-founder of the Oaxacan College Initiative, a community-based project that aims to increase the number of Indigenous Oaxacan students in college.

He can be reached at sanchezlopez.phd@gmail.com


Dr. Sánchez-López’s research interests include race, Indigeneity, settler colonialism, state violence, customary law, autonomy, and social movements. He is currently working on a book manuscript, The Value of Native Bodies: Settler Capitalism and the Logic of Elimination in Oaxaca, that examines how statesmen in southern Mexico facilitated the transition from classic to settler colonialism in the nineteenth century by incorporating Indigenous customs into the republican legal code.


The Value of Native Bodies: Settler Capitalism and the Logic of Elimination in Oaxaca, book manuscript under contract with The University of Arizona Press (Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies Series).

“Settler Cities, Native Pueblos: Settler Colonial Geographies in Latin America,” article manuscript in progress.

“Policing the Pueblo: Vagrancy and Indigenous Citizenship in Oaxaca, 1848-1876,” forthcoming in Ethnohistory.

“Learning from the Paisanos: Coming to Consciousness in Zapotec L.A.” Latino Studies 15, no. 2 (2017): 242-246.

Review of We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements, by Lynn Stephen. Biography 37, no. 3 (2014): 830-832.

(Co-Authored) “Future Academics of Color in Dialogue: A Candid Q&A on Adjusting to the Cultural, Social and Professional Rigor of Academia.” In Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color. Edited by Dwayne A. Mack, Elwood Watson, and Michelle Madsen Camacho, 89-100. New York: Routledge, 2014.

“Oaxacalifornia en Califaztlán: Descolonizando la idea de lo indígena.” El Tequio no. 8 (2010): 6-7.


Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies

Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Studies

Immigration & Citizenship

History of Latinxs in California

History of Latin America

History of the Mexican Revolution

Interdisciplinary Critical Writing


Delegate. Mexican Indigenous Youth Congress, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, 2010.

Organizer. Oaxacan Studies Workshop, Los Angeles, California, 2014.

Guest Lecture for OaxaCal at UC Berkeley, Spring 2021.