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Dr. Edward Flores is from Pico Rivera, a municipality in LosAngeles' eastside, and holds a BA from the University of the Pacific, an MAfrom the University of Warwick (UK), and a PhD in sociology from the Universityof Southern California. His specialties include race, immigration, masculinities, and religion.
At the University of Southern California, Prof. Floresconducted ethnographic work on Latino men's recovery from gang life. Participant observation and semi-structuredinterviews were collected at two sites on Los Angeles' eastside: a Pentecostal church (Victory Outreach) and a Jesuit-founded non-profit (Homeboy Industries). Prof. Flores published his findings on gang recovery in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, as well as in book chapters in Gender Through the Prism of Difference and Sustaining Faith
Prof. Flores' research is currently under contract with New York University Press, tentatively titled, Recovering Gang Members: Latino Masculinity and Urban Ministry in Los Angeles. This book manuscript historically contextualizes urban marginality, examines Census data on demographic shifts, and draws from ethnographic data on gang recovery to explore the theological foundations and masculine negotiations that undergird faith-based recovery from gang life.