Norma López


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Background and Research Interests

Norma López is an instructor in higher education administration. She has over 20 years of professional experience in higher education ranging from admissions and orientation at a small liberal arts college, Williams, to residential life and academic advising at a private research university, The University of Chicago. López has taught a wide array of courses, including Organization and Governance, Internship in Higher Education, Helping Skills for Student Affairs Professionals, Budget and Finance, and Social Change Leadership.

As a critical researcher, her research agenda is focused on examining the academic trajectory, experiences, and success of Latinx/a/o students. López is specifically interested in narrating the role of critical consciousness in the academic identity development of Latinx college students, as well as discerning the role of critical consciousness on thriving and resilience in that population. She utilizes Latcrit methodological approaches in this research and is also interested in drawing distinctions within those methods.


  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Higher Education
  • Ed.M., Harvard University, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy
  • B.A. Williams College, History


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