Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Tehama Lopez 
Asst. Professor

223 Bentley Annex

Tehama Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio University. Lopez received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Chicago (2009). Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnic politics, racial attitudes, public opinion, race-making. Whiteness, Latino identity formation, racial authenticity, racial  normativity, marginal groups, American political behavior, and political psychology.

Dr. Lopez is currently preparing a book manuscript, Breaking the Contract: The Epistemological, Moral and Political Possibilities of Seeing White Privilege. This multi-methodological project examines the role of perceptions of White privilege on the racial attitudes and political preferences of White Americans. This study finds that awareness of the relative advantages Whites have over People of Color contributes to greater support for interventions that help reduce racial inequality. Lopez is also working on a project that takes up processes of race-making and Latino identity formation.

Prior to joining the department, Dr. Lopez held the Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. She is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.