Magdalena Lopez is a visiting associate professor at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and a research fellow at the University Institute of Lisbon. She specializes in culture criticism and literature in the Hispanophone Caribbean and cultural exchange between Lusophone Africa and the Caribbean. 

She has written two books, as well as a number of articles on Caribbean literature and cinema that have appeared in journals including Iberoamericana América Latina-España-PortugalRevista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, the Bulletin of Latin American Studies, and the Latin American Research Review

She previously was a visiting faculty member at Dartmouth College, the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, the Catholic University of Córdoba, and the University of Salamanca, where she was the Miguel de Unamuno Professor in Latin American Literature. 

She earned a licenciatura from Universidad Central de Venezuela, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and a graduate certificate in Latin American Studies and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.