Professor Lopez's research and teaching interests include Pauline studies, the Greek, Jewish, and Roman imperial contexts of the New Testament writings, and art and performance as critical modes of interpreting biblical texts and traditions. She also has interests and training in the interdependence of visual and literary cultures as well as the study of gender and sexuality. Her current research focuses on representations of violence, victory, and subjugation coupled with gender and ethnic stereotyping in Roman imperial art and literature, as contrasted to representations of justice, peace, and liberation through gender and ethnic transgression in biblical literature. She is the author of several articles and reviews, and has served on the American Academy of Religion's Board of Directors.
A member of the Letters Collegium, Professor Lopez teaches courses in biblical studies that emphasize the relationship between ancient and modern worlds, methodology in biblical interpretation, and the continuing relevance of the Bible as a significant site for articulations of power relationships, community identity-construction, and meaning-making. Professor Lopez welcomes student projects and interests in the study of gender and sexuality in all of her courses. Particular courses of hers that emphasize women's and gender studies, and may count toward the major, include RE206H: The Bible, Gender, and Sexual Politics; RE291H: Apostle Paul: Religion and Politics; RE323: Christianity, Canon, and Controversy; and RE343H: Prophets and Justice, Then and Now. In the Fall of 2008, Prof. Lopez will coordinate WS201: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies.