Glenda M. Flores
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2011
Gender Studies certificate, USC, 2011
Sociology of Work; Race/Ethnicity and Occupations; Latina/o/x Sociology; Education; Race, Gender, and Class; Qualitative Methods
Welcome! I’m a trained qualitative sociologist. As an intersectional feminist, my research revolves around three interrelated lines: 1) the ways college educated Latinas/os narrate or explain their pathways into professional occupations; 2) their impact on workplace climate; and 3) race relations and interactions with members of various racial/ethnic categories. These areas are united by my overarching theoretical interest in the social mobility patterns of working class Latinas/os into the middle class, and their workplace experiences in the white-collar world, especially teaching and medicine. Recently, I’ve gotten more interested in understanding the often contradicting gendered dynamics within Latina/o families.
Much of my work is inspired by my own life experiences. My immigrant parents settled in Santa Ana, where I was raised and educated in public schools. My first language is Spanish and I started learning English when I was eight, as the bilingual program at the school I was enrolled at required. As a child, I worked at a dry cleaner alongside my parents, and as a young adult I worked as a substitute teacher which inspired my research.
My book, Latina Teachers: Creating Careers and Guarding Culture (NYU Press 2017) is based on interviews with teachers in Compton and Rosemead and inspired by my earlier research with teachers in Santa Ana.
You can read more about Latina Teachers here.
And you can order a copy here.
I am also a firm advocate of Chicano/Latino studies and Ethnic studies programs because they greatly enhanced my research agenda.
Click on the video below to learn more about the benefits of majoring or double majoring in Chicano/Latino studies.