René D. Flores

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN
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About René

Flores received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2014. His primary research interests are in the fields of international migration, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. His dissertation examined the social consequences of subnational restrictionist immigration policies in the U.S. using administrative, ethnographic, and social media data. His current research projects include an experimental study of the consequences of interracial relationships, an investigation of the political determinants of public opinion, and a set of papers assessing the adaptation of second-generation immigrants in Europe.


No Jargon Podcast


"Do Anti-Immigrant Laws Shape Public Sentiment? A Study of Arizona's SB 1070 Using Twitter Data" American Journal of Sociology (forthcoming, 2017).

Finds that the implementation of SB 1070 had a significant negative impact on the average sentiment of messages regarding immigrants posted by Twitter users in Arizona.

"The 2014 Medicaid Expansion and Ethnoracial Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage" (with Robert Vargas). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (forthcoming, 2017).
"The Resurgence of Race in Spain: Perceptions of Discrimination Among Immigrants in Spain" Social Forces 94, no. 1 (2015): 237-269.

Examines self-reports of discrimination among immigrants in Spain, where elites have long denied racial differences, to understand how the reported salience of boundaries based on race, nationality, and religion change with acculturation

"Do Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances Increase Gun Sales?" Social Problems 62, no. 3 (2015): 363-390.

Examines the effects of Pennsylvania restrictionist immigration ordinances.