Nina Flores, PhD

Just sent this to my class where we are examining U.S. imperialism in the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Hidden empire, erased colonization, normalized imperialism.

I hope the #FakeTrumpEmergency opens the door for us to take future urgent action about homelessness, gun violence, education, affordable housing, police brutality, domestic violence, climate change, healthcare, white supremacy, labor exploitation, late-stage capitalism...

Actual emergencies in the United States:
- The urgent need for affordable housing
- A healthcare system in shambles
- Severe underfunding of education at every level
- Aging infrastructure nationwide
- So many more...

What's not a #NationalEmergency? A freakin' border wall.

Dedicating my seminar on critical pedagogies tonight to celebrating the radical love of educators who survive and thrive despite an education system that is designed to stifle their efforts at nearly every turn. My kind of #Valentines Day.


Nina Flores, PhD



Nina M. Flores, PhD is an urbanist and interdisciplinary researcher whose teaching, scholarship, and freelance writing is informed by training in political science, education, and urban planning. Her writing on gender, politics, community development, education, and activism has been featured in national publications, with bylines in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Ms. Magazine Blog, YES! Magazine, and Progressive Planning.

Nina's research on street harassment draws on issues of gender, safety, technology, and cities. She studies how social media is used to process and share harassment experiences in public space; examines connections between on-line and on-the-ground anti-harassment social movement activity; and explores how community planners and organizers can use digital information to understand and address complex urban problems. She also writes about campus sexual assault for academic and public audiences.

Nina's past professional experience includes working as a jury consultant and political messaging strategist, during which time she conducted pre-trial focus group research for medical malpractice, environmental, and discrimination cases in more than 30 states. She is the former managing editor of Critical Planning Journal, and a past fellow with The OpEd Project. Currently, Nina is a faculty member in the Social & Cultural Analysis of Education program at CSULB. She has a PhD in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.