Magdalena Lopez is an adjunct associate professional specialist at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and a research fellow at the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon. She specializes in culture and literature in the Hispanic American 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-Portugal, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, the Bulletin of Latin American Studies, and the Latin American Research Review

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

She is a member of the Latin American Studies Association and the Modern Languages Association. 

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