Nichole Flores

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies



Gibson Hall, S-433


DR. NICHOLE M. FLORES is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. She speaks, writes and teaches about the significance of Catholic and Latinx theology and ethics in plural social, political, and ecclesial contexts. She has been awarded grants from the Mellon Global South Humanities Fellowship from the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in support of work on her first book, The Aesthetics of Solidarity. She is a contributing author at America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & CultureIn 2015, Dr. Flores was honored with the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for the best academic essay in Catholic theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.


Dr. Flores earned an A.B. in government from Smith College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.

Research Interests 

Dr. Flores’ research emphasizes the contributions of Catholic and U.S. Latinx theologies to notions of justice, emotion, and aesthetics as they relate to the common good within plural socio-political contexts. In practical ethics, her work addresses issues of migration, labor, consumption, race and ethnicity, family, and politics.

Selected Publications

  • “When Discourse Breaks Down: Race and Aesthetic Solidarity in the U.S. Catholic Church,” in Polarization in the Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal, Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce, eds. Minneapolis, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.

  • “The Personal is Political: Toward a Vision of Justice in Latina Theology,” in Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversations in the World Church, Linda Hogan and Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, eds. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014.

  • “Latina/o Families: Solidarity and the Common Good,” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Tobias Winright and Mark Allman, eds. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, December 2013.

Faculty and Staff

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Jarrett Zigon

Director of the Bioethics Program, William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology

James F. Childress

Professor Emeritus, University Professor and John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, and Professor of Religious Studies

Nichole Flores

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Margaret E. Mohrmann

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

China Scherz

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Aidan Seale-Feldman

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Bioethics Program

Sylvia Tidey

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies