Nilda Flores-Gonzalez is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies. She studies race and ethnicity, identity, youth, education and U.S. Latinos. Her book, School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (2002) focuses on how kids construct identities in relation to school, how the school and its practices shape these identities, and how these identities influence educational outcomes. She co-edited Marcha: Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement (forthcoming 2009) which provides an in-depth analysis of immigrant activism and institutional responses in Chicago. Currently, she is studying youth participation in the immigrant rights marches to explicate how race affects the creation and articulation of a political identity and a reconceptualization of citizenship among young Latinos. She is co-P.I. of a new project examining attitudes towards immigrants and immigration related policies in four communities. An ongoing project focuses on media discourses on inner-city schools, particularly on how the media criminalizes inner-city schools, school activists and students, and how these images shape public opinion and policy.