Dr. Nichole M. Flores is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. She writes, speaks, and teaches about the significance of Catholic ethics in plural social, political, and ecclesial contexts. Her research emphasizes the contributions of Catholic and Latinx theologies to notions of justice and aesthetics as they relate to the common good within plural socio-political contexts. Her research in applied ethics addresses issues of migration, labor, consumption, race and ethnicity, gender, family, and ecology.
Dr. Flores has published essays in the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Religion and Society. She has contributed book chapters to Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church and Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. She has been awarded grants from the Mellon Humanities Fellowship at the University of Virginia Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in support of work on her first book project, To Lift Up the Lowly: The Aesthetics of Solidarity. She is a contributing author at America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture.
In 2015, Dr. Flores was honored with the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for New Scholars from the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Circles of Change Award from Building Bridges for contributions to positive social transformation.
Dr. Flores earned an A.B. in government from Smith College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.