Nelson Flores is an associate professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research examines the intersection of language and race in shaping U.S. bilingual education policies and practices. Dr. Flores has been the recipient of many academic awards including the 2017 AERA Bilingual Education SIG Early Career Award, a 2017 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the 2019 James Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Flores is a graduate of Central High School (class of 258). After graduating from Swarthmore College with a BA in Education & Political Science he spent several years as an ESL teacher in Philadelphia and New York City public schools where he also received a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Lehman College and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center.