Jerry Flores

Jerry Flores

Associate Professor

Jerry Flores is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sociology tri-campus graduate department at the University of Toronto-St. George. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara in 2014. His interdisciplinary research investigates how institutions like schools, detention centers and the police come together to shape the lives of at-risk Latinas and Indigenous women and girls in North America. Specifically, he pays attention to how these individuals’ experiences are shaped by intergenerational trauma, family violence, as well as historical forms of gendered, racialized and class specific oppression. His research also investigates P’urhépecha cultural resurgence and preservation across North America. For this collective body of work he has received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, UC President’s Post Doctoral Award, Distinguished Early Career Award from the ASA section on youth and childhood studies and various Federal and University-based grants. He wrote the book Caught Up, authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, poetry, and several news pieces. He identifies as P’urhépecha, who are Indigenous peoples originally from Michoacan, Mexico. 

Ph.D. (Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara)
B.A. (Sociology, San Diego State University)
A.A. (University Studies, Grossmont College)


Selected Publications

Books & Book Chapters

Flores, Jerry. 2016. Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance and Wraparound Incarceration. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Jones, Nikki, and Jerry Flores. 2012. “At the Intersections: Race, Gender and Violence.” In The Routledge International Handbook of Gender and Crime Studies, edited by Claire M. Renzetti, Susan L. Miller, and Angela R. Gover. Florence, KY: Routledge Press.

Journal Articles

Flores, Jerry, Ariana Ochoa Camacho, and Xuan Santos. 2017. “Gender on the Run: Wanted Latinas in a Southern California Barrio.” Feminist Criminology 12(3):248-268.

Flores, Jerry. 2015. “A Race Conscious Pedagogy: Correctional Educators and Creative Resistance Inside California Juvenile Detention Facilities.” Association of Mexican American Educators Journal 9(2):18-30.

Flores, Jerry. 2013. “‘Staff Here Let You Get Down’: The Cultivation and Co-optation of Violence in a California Juvenile Detention Center.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39(1):221-241.

Flores, Jerry. 2012. “Jail Pedagogy: Liberatory Education Inside a California Juvenile Detention Facility.” The Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk 17(4):286-300.


Studies of Gender and Crime; Prison Studies; Alternative Schools; Ethnographic Research Methods; Latina/o Sociology; Correctional Education; Intersectionality and Criminology; Studies of Race and Ethnicity
Current Courses
SOC210H5, SOC324H5, SOC330H5, SOC403H5