Nina M. Flores, PhD is an educator, urbanist, and scholar-activist based in Southern California. Her graduate training in political science, education, and urban planning influences her teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. In her freelance writing and pubic speaking she works to challenge power through critical analyses on topics concerning justice, communities, gender and cities, power, politics, feminism, education, activism, and social media. Nina’s writing has been featured in national outlets, with bylines in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Ms. Magazine Blog, Progressive Planning Magazine, YES! Magazine and more.
Nina’s academic research focuses on gender, cities, and justice, examining how people experience physical and virtual public spaces. In her dissertation research she studied how social media is used to share and process incidents of street harassment, explored connections between on-line and on-the-ground social movement activity, and looked at how community planners and organizers can use this information to understand and address complex urban problems.
Nina teach courses on community development, social and educational inequality, global inequality, and critical pedagogies, and is currently a faculty member in the Social & Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE) graduate program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Additionally, she designs and leads interactive workshops and trainings for community and campus organizations.
Nina’s past professional experience includes many years working as a jury consultant and a political messaging strategist. During that time she conducted pre-trial focus group research for medical malpractice, contract, environmental, and discrimination cases in more than 30 states. She is the former managing editor of Critical Planning Journal, a past fellow with The OpEd Project, and the 2014 recipient of the Advancement of Women Award given by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at CSULB. She earned an MA in Political Science from San Diego State University, an MA in Education from CSULB, and a PhD in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
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