Professor López-Calvo's primary area of study covers 20th and 21st Latin American narratives and cultures, with an emphasis on the Caribbean and the Latin American Southern Cone. He is also interested in Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature and culture, as well as in the cultural production by and about Asians in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has just completed the book manuscript The Nearest East: Writing Nikkei in Peru, which is under review by a university press and is currently writing the book Dragons in the Land of the Condor: the Chinese in Peruvian Cultural Production.
In his publications, Professor López-Calvo usually concentrates on the relations between Latin American thought, human rights, and racialization. From this perspective, he has published two books dealing with authoritarianism and ethnicity in the Latin American Southern Cone:
- Written in Exile. Chilean Fiction from 1973-Present (Routledge, 2001)
- Religión y militarismo en la obra de Marcos Aguinis 1963-2000 (Mellen, 2002)
His third and fourth books deal with the representation of dictatorship, Chineseness, and human rights violations in Caribbean cultural production, which are titled:
- "God and Trujillo": Literary and Cultural Representations of the Dominican Dictator (University Press of Florida, 2005)
- Imaging the Chinese in Cuban Literature and Culture (University Press of Florida, 2008)
His most recent book, Latino Los Angeles in Film and Fiction: The Cultural Production of Social Anxiety (University of Arizona Press, 2011), examines the imaging of Los Angeles as depicted in Latina/o narratives and film.
- Ph.D. in Romance Languages, 1997 — University of Georgia
- M.A. in Spanish, 1993 — University of Georgia
- M.A. in Chicano Studies, 2005 — California State University, Los Angeles
- B.A. in English, 1991 — Universidad Complutense, Spain