Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and the College
René D. Flores’s 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. He has examined the social consequences of subnational restrictionist immigration policies in the United States using administrative, ethnographic, and social media data. His current research projects include an experimental study of the determinants of perceived immigrant illegality, an investigation of the effect of non-ethnic factors on ethnoracial identity in Latin America, and a set of papers assessing the assimilation of immigrants in the United States using social media data.
His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Social Problems. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Sociological Association, among others.
Flores received his PhD in sociology and social policy from Princeton University. Most recently, he was a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Washington.