Corina Benavides Lopez

Corina Benavides Lopez

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Chicano Studies

Assistant Professor Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies


Academic Background

Ph.D., UCLA, Education, Specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies

M.A., Stanford University, Education, Emphasis in Gender Studies and Higher Education

B.A., UCLA, Cum Laude honors, Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies, Specialization in Education

A.A., Saddleback Community College, General/Liberal Education, Dean’s List

In 2010, Dr. Benavides López earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Comparative Education with a specialization in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her scholarly and teaching interests focus on Chicana/o and Latina/o education and immigration; Critical Race Theory (CRT); feminisms, gender and sexuality; ethnic relations and coalition-building.  Her doctoral dissertation study, "Las Fronteras de Nuestra Educación (The Borderlands of our Education): Documenting the Pedagogies of Migration of Mexican and Chicana/o Undocumented Immigrant Households," documents the daily-lived and educational experiences of undocumented immigrant students and their families.   

As a critical race theorist (CRT), Dr. Benavides López is committed to educational scholarship, practice and pedagogy that promote transformative and emancipatory ideals and reflection on how race and racism impact the experiences of people of color in the U.S.  Her work is published in scholarly journals such as the Radical History Review; Contemporary Justice Review; Social Justice Review; Association of Mexican American Educators Journal; and anthologies such as Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice (Lexington Books).  She has presented her research nationally at the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the Critical Race Studies in Education (CRSE) national organization, the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

As a member of the CSU Dominguez Hills community she is committed to supporting first generation college students toward academic success, graduation and their pursuit of their post-baccalaureate goals.  She serves/has served as a McNair scholars program mentor/advisor and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows mentor/advisor.  She actively works to provide services for CSUDH undocumented students as a member of the CSUDH Undocumented Student Allies Coalition and is a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer/Questioning Safe (LGBTQ) Space Ally, and supports the campus-wide annual CSUDH Día de los Muertos program.

Dr. Benavides López was a 2016 national AAHHE faculty fellow.  She has been recognized for her work in the areas of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity by the CSUDH Office of the Provost for mentoring undergraduate students on their scholarship and research and was the recipient of the CSUDH 2016-2017 Presidential Recognition Award for Excellence in campus and community service and the 2016-2017 Presidential Recognition Award for excellence in mentoring undergraduate students on scholarship and research.