Dr. Nayelli López Rocha holds a Bachelor´s degree in Social Anthropology from the Autonomous Metropolitan University Iztapalapa. From 2000 to 2002, she was a CONACYT Scholar in the Master’s Degree in Asia and Africa with a specialization in Korea at the Colegio de México. She obtained a full scholarship from the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED) of the Government of the Republic of Korea to carry out his doctoral studies. In 2011 she graduated with a PhD in Korean Studies at Hanyang University in Seoul, becoming the first Latin American with a Ph.D. in Korean Studies.

She was a professor at some universities in the Republic of Korea such as Hansei University, Chung Ang University and National University of Seoul. From 2014 to 2018 she worked as a professor-researcher at the Autonomous University of Nayarit as part of the Doctorate Program in Social Sciences through the CONACYT repatriation program.

Dr. López has worked on issues related to Korean culture and Contemporary society, the Korean Wave or Hallyu and has researched topics related to Korean pop culture, contemporary Korean women and their image in Latin America among others. In 2015, she joined the National System of Researchers (S.N.I.) of CONACYT and was recognized with the Desirable Profile PRODEP. She has recently joined the Coordination of Humanities of the UNAM as a researcher to develop the project: The cultural strategy of Korea: its local impacts and perceptions in Mexico.