Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Alan Pelaez Lopez

Migration/Illegality, African & Caribbean Diasporas, Cultural Production, Visual Culture

Bio & Research Interests

Alan Pelaez Lopez is a doctoral student in the department of Comparative Ethnic Studies.  At Berkeley, Alan is interested in investigating the ways in which undocumented Black immigrants utilized art (poetry, painting, performance, and photography) to create and/or contest ideas of "citizenship" and "Blackness."  Through a deeper analysis of Black social movements (from abolitionist movements to now), Alan's work attempts to bridge scholarship of Black citizenship vis-a-vis contemporary scholarship of illegality. Their work is informed by years of community organizing across the U.S. with undocumented queer and trans immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, Northern Europe, and Africa. 

Courses Taught or Assisted

Courses Assisted: 

2016. Graduate Student Instructor, Summer Session Abroad, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain: ETH STD N180: Interculturality, International Migration and the Dialogue between Civilizations Before and After 9/11.

Select publications

Pelaez Lopez, Alan C. "3 Things I Regret Not Asking From Allies and My Community as an (Un)Documented and Queer Activist." The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail at Showing Up for Each Other in the Fight for Freedom. Ed. Mia McKenzie. Oakland: BGD, 2016. 64-69. Print.