Lydia Lopez is currently a Research Assistant under Professor Mara Cecilia Ostfeld at the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. This summer she will be assisting in a field research project primarily focused on prioritizing responses from communities of color. Previously, Lopez has worked at a legal immigration non-profit local to the Greater Boston area. Having volunteered at immigrant serving non-profits from an early age, Lydia has been serving and supporting Spanish-speaking immigrant communities.

Lopez identifies as a first generation Salvadoran American, who migrated to the United States when she was eight years old. Ever since that time she has navigated the immigration legal system for herself, her family and the larger Latino community.

Lopez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International & Comparative Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and hopes to pursue a career in academia in the near future.