Stella Flores
Published December 27, 2015
Updated November 19, 2021

Stella Flores is an associate professor of higher education and public policy at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is also director of research and strategy for the Education Research Center. She studies the impact of state and federal policies on low-income and underrepresented college students, especially immigrant and English learner students. 

Previously, she was the associate dean for faculty development and diversity and an associate professor of higher education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.

Flores has used large-scale databases to examine the effects of state and federal policies on college completion rates as well as college access for low-income and underrepresented populations. She has written about demographic changes in U.S. education, the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S and abroad, minority-serving institutions, Latino and immigrant students, English language learners and community colleges.

Flores is on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Review of Higher Education and Sociology of Education. Her work has been cited in amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court relating to affirmative action and higher education. 

Expertise: Higher education policy, college completion among low-income and underrepresented populations, college access, affirmative action, community colleges

Location: Austin, Texas


Twitter: @ProfessorFlores

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