John F. Lopez

John López's research takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to examining the visual, material, and spatial practices between early modern Europe and the New World. López earned a Ph.D. from the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago. He is currently writing a book, The Aquatic Metropolis, that examines the centuries-old efforts by the Aztec and Spanish to end catastrophic inundation at Mexico City via image making, urban planning, and environmental change. López’s research has been supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Social Science Research Council, and the Academic Council of Learned Society, among others.  

2013 PhD Dissertation: The Hydrographic City: Mapping Mexico City's Urban Form in Relation to Its Aquatic Condition, 1521-1700