Nilda Flores-Gonzalez

Associate Professor

Joint Appointments: Latin American and Latino Studies 

Research Interests: Race and ethnicity, youth, education, U.S. Latinos, qualitative methods

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Recent Courses:

  • Introduction to Latino Studies (LALS - 200 level)
  • Research Methods: Ethnographic Methods (Soc 509)
  • Racialization in the US and Latin America (Soc 520/ LALS 501)

Bio: Nilda Flores-Gonzalez is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, children and youth, identity, Latino sociology and education. Her current research explores the effects of racialization on the ways in which Latino youth understand citizenship and belonging and struggle with their paradoxical status as marginalized citizens and as racial minorities. She is currently writing a book on this topic. She is co-director of two on-going research projects: Immigrant Mobilization Project and the New Destinations in an Old Gateway: The Interplay between Public and Private Actors in Shaping Local Immigration Policy.  She is also the incoming co-editor of the leading sociology journal Social Problems. Professor Flores-Gonzalez is the author of School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (Teachers College Press 2002), co-editor of Marcha:  Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement (University of Illinois Press 2010) and co-editor of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Era (University of Illinois Press 2013).  Additionally, she has published articles and book chapters on various topics such as race and Latino identity, youth and social justice, immigrant education, Puerto Rican high achieving students, extracurricular participation and retention, and the Puerto Rican community of Chicago. Professor Flores-Gonzalez has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.


Contact Information

Sociology Office: 4112B BSB 
Sociology Phone: 312-996-5373