Nicole Flores

DR. NICHOLE M. FLORES is associate professor of religious studies and director of the health, ethics, and society minor at the University of Virginia. She researches the constructive contributions of Catholic and Latine theologies to notions of justice and aesthetics as applied in public life. 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 Latine 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 lives in Crozet, Virginia with her husband and two children. For recreation, she enjoys singing, exercise (especially running, rowing, swimming, and functional training), baking and cooking, enjoying good coffee and good wine, and getting lost in great stories (well-crafted television shows, films, and books--including the amazing stories she gets to read with her sons each night).