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René D. Flores

University of Chicago

Fellowship year

2024 - University of Chicago - Study 8

René D. Flores will spend his year at CASBS studying the connection between ethnic identification, assimilation, and inequality. Past research has shown that not all descendants of ethnic groups identify with the same ethno-racial categories as their ancestors. Nevertheless, we still do not fully understand the causes and consequences of this ethnic attrition. 

Flores is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, where he co-directs the Immigration Workshop. His primary research interests are in the fields of international migration, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. His research explores the emergence of social boundaries around immigrants and racial minorities across the world as well as how these boundaries contribute to the reproduction of ethnic-based social inequality. 

His work has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. His research has been profiled in multiple news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Fox News, USA Today, Newsweek, FiveThirtyEight, among others. Flores received his PhD in sociology and social policy from Princeton University. He serves on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review and is an associate editor at the American Journal of Sociology

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