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Nichole M. Flores

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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  • AB in Government, Smith College
  • MDiv, Yale Divinity School
  • PhD in Theological Ethics, Boston College

Research Interests

Dr. Flores researches the constructive contributions of Catholic and Latinx theologies to notions of justice and aesthetics to the life of democracy. Her research in practical ethics addresses issues of democracy, migration, family, gender, economics (labor and consumption), race and ethnicity, and ecology.


  • Undergraduate
    • Religion, Media, and Democracy
    • Do We Still Have Faith in Democracy?
    • Slavery and Liberation: A Theological Inquiry
    • Discipleship and Martyrdom
    • Religion, Ethics, and Health Care
  • Graduate Seminars
    •  Aesthetics, Theology, and Ethics
    •  Contemporary Catholic Theologies
    •  Religion and the Common Good
  • First-Year Advising Seminars (COLA)
    • Religion, Tradition, and Social Justice in Charlottesville 
    • Religion and the 2020 Elections

Selected Publications


The Aesthetics of Solidarity: Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Democracy. (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2021).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

Selected Digital Publications

America Magazine:

Political Theology Network:

The Miller Center (with Charles Mathewes)

Select Awards and Grants

  • 2017 Yale Center for Faith and Culture Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant

  • 2016 Mellon Global South Humanities Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures

  • 2015 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for best academic essay in theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America for essay, “Beyond Consumptive Solidarity: An Aesthetic Response to Modern Day Slavery”