David Flores

David Flores

David Flores


Cohort 2015-16

Email: deejflores@ucla.edu


David was born and lives in East Los Angeles.  A youth organizer since his early college days, David is now organizing through the arts and culture as a member of the musical group Las Cafeteras.  Using music as a platform, Las Cafeteras has raised issues of immigration, Chicano/a identity, physical and non-physical borders, power, and land through music.  As cultural architects, Las Cafeteras have developed workshops to encourage young people to become storytellers and writers of his/herstory through their own lens.



  • PhD, Chicana/o and Central American Studies, UCLA
  • MA, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education, Long Beach State University
  • BA., Sociology, San Diego State University



  • Role of Music in Solidarity Building, Cultural Organizing, and Social, Identity, and Language Politics.
  • Chicano/a Spirituality, particularly Chicano/as practicing Eastern Spirituality.

Honors & Awards

  • Louisville Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • UCLA Teaching Fellow (Summer 2019)
  • University Fellowship Grant (2019-2020)
  • UCLA Teaching Fellow  (Summer 2019)
  • Religion and Spirituality in Society, Emerging Scholar Fellow (2018)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship  (2016-2017)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentor Fellowship  (Summer 2017)
  • Together We Can / Juntos Podemos Scholarship   (2016)
  • University Fellowship Grant  (2015)