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Nina M. Flores

Assistant Professor
Social and Cultural Analysis of Education


Dr. Flores is proud to be a lifelong product of the California public education system, which most recently includes her doctorate in Urban Planning from UCLA. Her classes are based in critical pedagogy and engage students in deep analyses of wide-ranging issues. These topics include the history of social inequalities, educational inequalities at global and local levels, and broader themes of justice, power, and resistance. Dr. Flores uses current and community events to anchor academic ideas in everyday life. 

Dr. Flores has written articles and book chapters about gendered public space, campus sexual assault, and using critical pedagogies to inform citizen science. Her research about street harassment looks to how people use twitter to share, document, and organize against harassment. Additional research interests include for-profit schools, and exploring the connections between housing, gentrification, and education. Dr. Flores is a past fellow with The OpEd Project, and her public writing has been featured in national outlets such as the Washington PostHuffington Post, Ms. Magazine BlogYES! MagazineProgressive Planning Magazine, and the OC Weekly. More information available at


Ph.D., Urban Planning, UCLA, graduate certificate in Gender Studies
MA, Social & Cultural Analysis, CSULB, dual concentration in Urban and Comparative/International Education
MA, Political Science, San Diego State University, coursework focus in public policy and international relations
BA, Political Science, CSULB, concentration in public law; minor in communications

Research Interests

Dr. Flores uses an interdisciplinary approach to her research and teaching drawn from her graduate training in political science, education, and urban planning. Learn more about her research here. Research interests include:

  • Community Development and Organizing
  • Gender-Based Violence (street harassment, campus sexual assault)
  • Campuses as Communities
  • Critical Pedagogies
  • For-Profit Schools
  • Gentrification, Housing, and Education
  • Biracial Identity
  • Using Social Media in Research and Pedagogy 

Representative Publications

Representative Academic Publications:

2017    Flores, N. M. Tweeting the Gendered City: Analysis of Harassment, Reflections on Justice. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 6(3), 115-127.

2016    "Reimagining Citizen Science for Women's Human Security: Shifting Power with Critical Pedagogy and Feminist Perspectives" in Richard Matthews, et al (eds.) Women and Human Security (book chapter with Tera Dornfeld) *Forthcoming

2015    Flores, N. M. “Campus Sexual Assault: Myths, Facts, and Controversies” in Shira Tarrant (ed.) Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century, New York: Routledge.

2015     Flores, Nina M & Wong, Karna. Protecting the Rights of Massage Parlor Workers. CSW Policy Briefs, August (2015). UCLA: UCLA Center for the Study of Women.

2014    “Flores, N. M. "Street Harassment: Old Issue, Ongoing Struggle, New Movement” in Progressive Planning Magazine, Summer Edition.

2014    “Gendered Public Spaces: Examining Cities Through the Nature-Culture Dichotomy,” escholarship. UCLA: UCLA Center for the Study of Women.

Representative Popular Publications:

2016    "La Sierra University Latest Campus to Face Allegations of Mishandled Sexual Assault Cases," for Huffington Post

2015    “17 Ways We Can Work Toward Justice for All,” for YES! Magazine

2015    “50 Ways to Up Your Critical Analysis Game,” blog post for Medium

2014    “As a Teacher, I Fought Predatory For-Profit Schools from the Inside,” opinion piece in Washington Post; reprinted in Miami HeraldValley NewsNewsday, and Herald & News.

2013    “How is Your College Improving Sexual Assault Policies? #AskYourCampus,” opinion blog for The Huffington Post

2013    “Beyond the ‘Secularism Tic’: An Interview with Feminist Philosopher Sandra Harding,” article for Ms. Magazine Blog

2013    “One Year Later: Fear Control, and Police Brutality in Anaheim,” opinion blog for The Huffington Post

2013    “Law Doesn’t Make It Right: Suppressing Votes Suppresses Democracy,” opinion blog for The Huffington Post

2013     “Inspired By Wendy Davis? Run for Office,” opinion blog for The Huffington Post

2013    “Campus-based Sexual Assault Coalition Fights Back,” opinion blog for The Huffington Post

2012    “A California College Hopes to Model Best Sexual Assault Practices,” opinion blog for Ms. Magazine Blog

Recent Conference Presentations

2017    Roundtable, "Hope and Struggle: Jackie Leavitt and the Fight for Radical Planning," at Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning in Denver, Co.

2017    Roundtable, "Indigenous Feminisms: Keywords in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis," at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning annual meeting in Denver, CO.

2016    Paper presentation, "On Pedagogy and Practice: Lessons Learned Conducting Social Media Research," at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning annual meeting in Portland, OR.

2016    Roundtable, "Opinion Writing, Blogs, and Social Media: The Potential Peril of Contributing to the Public Conversation," at the Western Political Science Association Conference in San Diego, CA.

2015    Paper presentation, "#Resistance to Street Harassment: Contextualizing On-Line Actions in a New Era of Women's Resistance in Public Space," at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning annual meeting in Houston, TX.

2015    Paper presentation, “A Qualitative Approach to Social Justice-Based Twitter Research,” at the Social Equity Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

2015    Paper presentation, “#Resistance to Street Harassment: On-line Activism, On-the-Ground Action Agendas,” presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

2015    Roundtable, “Interdisciplinarity and Intersectionality,” at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

2014    Paper presentation, “Freirian-Feminist Pedagogy: Coming Soon to a City Near You,” at the Californian Association of Freirean Educators conference in Los Angeles, CA.

2014    Paper presentation, “Gendered Public Spaces: Examining Cities through the Nature-Culture Dichotomy,” at the Thinking Gender conference at UCLA.

2013    Paper presentation, “One Word, One Meaning?” There’s More than One Rung on the ‘Ladder of Empowerment’,” at the Comparative and International Education Society Western Regional Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Recent Invited Guest Lectures and Speaking

2016    Guest Lecture, #Resistance to Street Harassment: Contextualizing On-Line Actions in a New Era of Women's Resistance in Public Space" for the course Urban Transportation Planning, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia.

2016    Speaker, 3rd Annual Women's Conference, California State University Dominguez Hills 

2014    Speaker, “Grassroots & Media Activism,” Gender Justice in the 2014 Election, San Diego State University.

2014    Speaker, “Street Harassment and Sexual Assault,” Department of Social Work, California State University Northridge.

2014    Panelist, “The Ph.D. Experience,” American Collegiate Schools of Planning Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color, UCLA/USC.

2014    Speaker, “Women and Safety from Campus to the Streets” lecture for course: Community Development from the Ground Up, Honors College, UCLA

2014    Featured Speaker, “Feminism 101,” Women ⎢Space Conference, Oakwood School

2014    Guest Lecture, “Social Media and Urban Planning,” for graduate course: Global Urban Segregation, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA.

2014    Guest Lecture, “Using Twitter for Research,” for graduate course: Introduction to Research Design, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA.

Campus Leadership

Chair, President's Commission on the Status of Women (2017-18)

Judge, CSULB Moot Court Program

Recent Teaching or Other Professional Experiences in P-16 Settings

Graduate Courses Taught:

SCAE 551: Critical Pedagogies

SCAE 560: History of Social & Educational (In)equality

SCAE 561: Urban Education Policy

SCAE 566: Education & Global (In)equality

SCAE 567: Educational Issues in Global Perspective

SCAE 568: Globalization & Educational Reform

SCAE 695: Social & Cultural Analysis of Education Capstone

Teaching with the Liberal Studies Department:

L/ST 111: Critical Thinking & Public Education

Current Projects

  • Research on student experiences with street harassment during trips to and from school sites, and on campus. 
  • Research on the experiences and educational trajectories of students attending for-profit schools.
  • Research on the connections between housing, gentrification, and education.
  • Research examining labor rights and massage workers in Los Angeles.
  • Paper for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning on social media, pedagogy, and urban planning.
  • Paper for the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference on biracial identity.