Jerry Flores

Jerry Flores (On Leave)

Associate Professor
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    3359 Mississauga Road
    Mississauga ON L5L 1C6

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. 

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