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Assistant Professor, sociology department, University of Toronto

Jerry Flores is an assistant professor in the sociology department at the University of Toronto. He earned a Ph.D in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. His areas of interest include: studies of gender and crime, prison studies, alternative schools, ethnographic research methods, Latina/o sociology and studies of race and ethnicity. Professor Flores recently published his first book titled Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance and Wraparound Incarceration (University of California Press). This text provides a look into the lives of young incarcerated women in southern California. It shows the causes that contribute to girls first arrest, how their lives change once they are behind bars and describes the difficult transition back to life outside of detention. Caught Up demonstrates how the coming together of detention centers and schools is pushing young people further into the criminal justice system. In addition, he has published articles in a wide range of journals, including Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk and the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal. Professor Flores is currently conducting two projects. The first will investigate the use of force in police citizen interactions. He will investigate how issues related to mental health will influence police citizen interactions. And how the use of video can help prevent the use of violence in these interactions. The second project will investigate the continued disappearance of first nations women in Canada.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto


  • 2011 
    University of California, Santa Barbara, Sociology/Criminology