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 Post, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine Blog, YES! Magazine, Progressive Planning Magazine, and the OC Weekly. More information available at ninamflores.com.
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 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 Herald, Valley News, Newsday, 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.
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
- 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.