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DR. NICHOLE M. FLORES is associate professor of religious studies and director of the health, ethics, and society program at the University of Virginia. She researches the contributions of Catholic and Latiné theologies to notions of justice and aesthetics in pluralistic and democratic political contexts. Her research in practical ethics addresses issues of politics, migration, labor, family, gender, bioethics, race and ethnicity, and ecology. She teaches courses on Catholic theology and ethics, religion and democracy, bioethics, and Latiné theology & religion. 

Dr. Flores is author of The Aesthetics of Solidarity: Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Democracy (Georgetown University Press, 2021). She has also published essays in the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Modern Theology among other academic journals and edited book volumes. She is a contributing author on the masthead at America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture.

In 2015, Dr. Flores was honored with the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for best essay in academic theology by a junior scholar from the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Flores earned an A.B. in government from Smith College, an M.Div. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College

Dr. Flores's academic vocation is sustained by involvement in her local parish and church communities (St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish and All Souls Charlottesville), her love of activity and exercise (especially running, rowing, and swimming), her delight in good food, good wine, good books, and good art, and the joy of life together with her husband Daryn and their two sons.