Loyola University Chicago

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

Faculty Advisory Board

Elizabeth Lozano

Title/s:  Associate Professor of Communication

Office #:  Lewis Towers 905

Phone: 312.915.7768

Email: elozano AT luc DOT edu


Elizabeth Lozano joined Loyola’s communication faculty in 1993. Her area of expertise is media studies and cultural studies. She is program director for the Latin American Studies Program, a member of the steering committees of the Global and International Studies and the Women's Studies. She previously served as the advisor for Beta Rho, the Loyola chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Association.

In Fall 2010 Lozano opened the SoC's Notes from the Field: Faculty Speakers Series with a discussion of the nonviolent resistance practiced in the Colombian Peace Community. She discussed the practices of nonviolent resistance in San Jose de Apartado, which declared itself a “peace community” in 1997.

The community committed itself to radical neutrality in the 50-year-old Colombian civil war, vowing not to bear arms or to collaborate with Colombian armed actors (guerrillas, army and paramilitaries). Twelve years later, the community continues to uphold its principles, searching for ways to create and maintain economic and political autonomy but continuously faced with threats ranging from arson and rape to illegal arrests and murder. These threats, as well as the ways in which the community has responded using nonviolent tactics and strategies, will be discussed.

Her personal interests include yoga, meditation and peace studies and most days she rides her bike to campus.


Ph.D.      Philosophy of Communication and Rhetorical Criticism; School of Interpersonal Communication; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 

M. A.       Rhetorical Criticism - Interpersonal Communication; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

B. A.       Social Communication; Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

Program Areas

Latin American Studies

Research Interests

She has presented dozens of papers at national and international conferences, and published in Spanish and English journals in the areas of communication and culture. Her current research includes women, violence, and the construction of gender identity.

Courses Taught

Intercultural Communication, Communication Language and Gender, Critical Ethnography and Naturalistic Methods in Communication Research. She also teaches Media Theory and Criticism, Global Feminism for the Women's Studies program and special topics for the Latin American Studies minor