Flores’s 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, and 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. 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, the American Sociological Association, and the Paul Merage Foundation.
He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Flores serves on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review and is an Associate Editor at the American Journal of Sociology.
At the University of Chicago, he co-directs the Immigration Workshop.
Recent Research / Recent Publications
Flores, René D., María Vignau Loria, and Regina Martínez-Casas. 2023. "Transitory vs. Durable Boundary Crossing: What Explains the Indigenous Population Boom in Mexico?" American Journal of Sociology.
Flores, René D. and Ariel Azar. 2022. "Who are the 'immigrants'?: How whites' Diverse Perceptions of Immigrants Shape their Attitudes." Social Forces.
Maghbouleh, Neda, Ariela Schachter, and René D. Flores. 2022. "Middle Eastern and North African Americans may not be Perceived, nor Perceive Themselves to be White." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119, no. 7.
Schachter, Ariela, René D. Flores, and Neda Maghbouleh. 2021. "Ancestry, Color, or Culture? How Whites Ethnoracially Classify Others in the U.S." American Journal of Sociology 126, no. 5.