Ruben Flores

Associate Professor
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213M Bailey Hall


Ruben FLores is a cultural historian from El Paso, Texas who studied at Princeton and Berkeley before coming to the University of Kansas. His mother is from Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, and his father from Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. He studies the relationship of ideas to political institutions in both the United States and Mexico, including the complicated history between local communities and the national state. He also studies philosophy and literature, especially the modernist movement in writing that swept through Mexico and the US beginning in 1900 and the transformation in the social sciences across the 20th century that produced the modern configuration of the research university. He is a faculty member in the Department of American Studies with a faculty affiliation to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He enjoys swimming, traveling, and cooking in his spare time.


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