Associate professor Marissa López of the department of English has been named as one of 30 fellows in the New Leaders Project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The New Leaders Project supports fellows in developing leadership skills and understanding the diversity of Los Angeles, while collaborating with civic and community leaders to put their new skills into practice.

López's scholarship focuses on 19th century literature, especially the literature of the west and California, narratology, novel theory, globalization and transnational studies, disability studies, affect theory and new materialisms. She serves as an associate director of UCLA's Chicana/o Studies Research Center, where her projects have included the development of a website to foster collaborative scholarship in Chicano studies, and the expansion of the center's archival holdings of Chicano literature and language arts. López earned a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley.