Research Social Scientist
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Contact David Flores
My research interests are based on a social-cultural approach to the study of decision making, land use and natural resources. More specifically, my research interests include 1) understanding cultural attitdues and beliefs within complex organizations and institutions; 2) investigating access to outdoor recreation, with particular emphasis on historically underrepresented communities; and 3) documenting environmental management and decision making in urban and rural areas. Using quantitative and qualitative methodolgies, my research rests within the intersection of sociology, anthropology, psychology, communications, and public policy. My collaborations include diverse partners from universities, government, and non-government organizations.
1. Military sociology and organizational culture.
2. Military veteran experiences and meaning of warfare.
3. Political attitudes and behavior.
4. Qualitative research methodologies.
5. The sociology of labor in Latin America.
Flores, David. 2016. Politicization beyond politics: Narratives and mechanisms of Iraq War veterans’ activism. Armed Forces and Society. doi: 10.1177/0095327X16642041.
Flores, David. 2016. From prowar soldier to antiwar activist: Change and continuity in the narratives of political conversion among Iraq War veterans. Symbolic Interaction. doi: 10.1002/SYMB.225.Flores, David. 2014. Memories of war: Sources of Vietnam veteran pro- and antiwar political attitudes. Sociological Forum. 29(1): 98-119.
Why This Research is Important
My current research works to support efficient and effective land management by improving the understanding of sustainable relationships between communities and their environments, diversity in communities of land users, and management decision making within complex land management organizations. Specifically, I address social and cultural attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that impact how people make dicisions concerning land management. This research is important because of the increasing complexity of managing conflicting resource demands and conservation priorities. Conflict over competing land uses stems in part from social and cultural differences in how people view and value the ways in which land and natural resources are managed. My research works to improve understanding of cultural identity and conflict and their relationship to disputes over public lands.
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ph.D. Sociology 2012
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, M.A. Sociology 2006
- University of California - Berkeley, B.A. Sociology 2003
- Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), U.S. Forest Service
2012 - 2014
- Research Associate and Sociology Instructor, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
2004 - 2012
- Student Advising Officer, University of California - Berkeley
2002 - 2004
- United States Marine, United States Marine Corps
1993 - 2000
- International Association for Society and Natural Resources, Member (2015 - Current)
- American Sociological Association, Member (2004 - Current)
- Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (2017 - )
- Pacific Sociological Association (2015 - )
- Rural Sociological Society (2015 - )
Awards & Recognition
- USDA Forest Service Certificate of Merit, 2017
In recognition of substantial contributions to the development of the Forest Service 2017 Life-Work Dialogues.
- USDA Forest Service Middle Leaders Program, 2017
Intensive four month leadership program for emerging leaders within the Forest Service.
- Climate Change , 2014
Initiative with the University of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station ($15,000).
- New Scientists Initiative, 2013
USDA Forest Service 10 new Scientists Initiative ($30,000).
- The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy with special recognition of the Harold D. Lasswell Award, 2010
Research grant ($5000).
- Sociology Brazil Summer Fellowship., 2008
Awarded by Sociologists Without Borders ($2500).
- Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), 2007
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education for Portuguese studies in Sao Paulo, Brazil ($2500).
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
Multi-year award ($120,000)
- Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2005
Multi-year award ($60,000)
- American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, 2004
Multi-year award ($45,000)
- Ronald E. McNair Scholar Fellowship, 2004
Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan ($15,000)
- Ronald E. McNair Scholarship, 2002
U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Program, University of California, Berkeley.
- George A. Miller Scholarship Program, 2000
Academic Achievement Programs, University of California Berkeley
Featured Publications & Products
- Flores, David. 2014. Memories of war: Sources of Vietnam veteran pro- and antiwar political attitudes.
- Flores, David ; Kuhn, Karmon . 2018. Latino outdoors: Using storytelling and social media to increase diversity on public lands.
- Flores, David; Falco, Gennaro; Roberts, Nina S.; Valenzuela, Francisco P., III. 2018. Recreation equity: Is the Forest Service serving its diverse publics.
- Flores, David. 2018. Standing in the middle: Insider/outsider positionality while conducting qualitative research with opposing military veteran political groups.
- Flores, David . 2016. Fighting for peace: Veterans and military families in the anti-Iraq War movement Book Review.
- Flores, David . 2016. From prowar soldier to antiwar activist: Change and continuity in the narratives of political conversion among Iraq War veterans.
- Flores, David . 2016. Politicization beyond politics: Narratives and mechanisms of Iraq War veterans activism.
Citations of non US Forest Service Publications
- Flores, D., F.P.M. Silva, V.C. Vaneti, and R. Braga. 2011. Social movement unionism and neoliberalism in Sao Paulo, Brazil: shifting logics of collective action in telemarketing labor unions. Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences 6(1):73-101.