Personal profile


Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Lopez-Littleton’s area of expertise is health equity and seeking solutions to problems rooted in connections between health and neighborhood factors. She teaches and writes on the health consequences of political-economic processes such as poverty, inequality and racism. Dr. Lopez-Littleton researches the structural causes of health inequities, with a focus on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of social, economic, and political influences on health and well-being. She is the recent author of Structural racism and social environmental risk: A case study of adverse pregnancy outcomes in Louisiana, a chapter in Three Facets of Public Health and Paths to Improvements: Behavior, Culture and Environment.
Dr. Lopez-Littleton is the Chair-Elect of ASPA Section on Democracy and Social Justice, an Executive Committee member of the ASPA Section on Health and Human Services Administration, Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for the ASPA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and a member of the ASPA COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force. Dr. Lopez-Littleton holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs with an emphasis in health services management from the University of Central Florida. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University. Dr. Lopez-Littleton is a U.S. Army veteran and registered nurse.


  • Community Health
  • Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • Community-Based Research