Andrea M. Lopez is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on addiction, health/mental health, violence, and social exclusion among marginalized populations in U.S urban contexts. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and an affiliate of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity and the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland. She has worked on numerous ethnographic studies of structurally vulnerable populations, as well as over a dozen interdisciplinary, mixed-methods studies, largely funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Her anthropological research objectives are broadly concerned with how subjectivities are formed within the context of U.S. War-on-Drugs policies, which include punishment, racialization, and social exclusion of people who use drugs.
Prior to the University of Maryland, Dr. López was a Research Medical Anthropologist in the Behavioral and Urban Health Program at RTI International's San Francisco Regional Office and a Clinical Research Coordinator in the HIV/AIDS Division in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.