Gretchen Lopez

Gretchen Lopez
Assistant Professor; Director, Intergroup Dialogue Program
Phone: 315.443.8344
Address: 352 Huntington Hall

Gretchen Lopez is Director of the Intergroup Dialogue Program at Syracuse University and affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies.

She has published research in Educational RecordJournal of Social IssuesNew Directions for Higher EducationPolitical Psychology, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. She recently co-edited a special issue of Equity & Excellence in Education (2012) on “Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice” subsequently released as book by Routledge (Zúñiga, Lopez, & Ford, 2014). These and other publications center on how critical pedagogy may facilitate student understanding of societal inequality and how this further connects to preparation and motivation to act.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Cornell University

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Interdisciplinary inquiry focused on critical issues of race, gender, class, and education.

Professor Lopez’s current projects focus on co-learning across university and community contexts including the need for intergroup dialogue educational initiatives for high school students, and the broader implications of dialogic learning for diverse college students including for overall well-being. 


  • Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University Graduate School
  • Racial Justice Award, Interfaith Works and Community Wide Dialogue


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