Monxo López is a researcher, professor, cartographer, and South Bronx-based environmental and urban justice activist. He teaches Latino and ethnic politics at Hunter College, and is a Mapping Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Spaces. Monxo is also a founding member of South Bronx Unite (a local urban and environmental justice organization), and a founding member and board member of the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards, the local Community Land Trust.
He is regularly invited to lecture and collaborate in urban planning and community organizing courses, and in architectural studios and juries for institutions such as Syracuse University, the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, CUNY’s City College, and Pratt Institute.
He holds a PhD in political science from CUNY’s Graduate Center, and an MA from Université Laval in Québec, Canada. His academic research revolves around spatiality, mapping, social justice, political theory, and Latino communities. Monxo’s political writings on spatial and social justice have been published in Salon.com, LatinoRebels, and NACLA, among other media outlets; and my activist work has been profiled by The New York Times, UrbanOmnibus, and Corriere della Sera.
He was born and grew up in Puerto Rico, and currently lives in Mott Haven, the South Bronx.