Joint Appointments: Latin American and Latino Studies
Research Interests: Race and ethnicity, youth, education, U.S. Latinos, qualitative methods
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- 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 (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1995) is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies race and ethnicity, identity, youth, education and U.S. Latinos. Her current research focuses on media discourses on inner-city schools, particularly on how the media criminalizes inner-city schools, school activists and students, and how these images shape public opinion and policy. Her book, School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (2002) focuses on how kids construct identities in relation to school, how the school and its practices shape these identities, and how these identities influence educational outcomes. Additionally, she has published several articles on various topics such as Puerto Rican high achieving students, extracurricular participation and retention, race and Latino identity, and most recently about the Puerto Rican community of Chicago. Her publications are included in journals such as International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization, Centro Journal, Journal of Poverty, and the Latino Studies Journal.