Stella Flores
Associate Professor of Higher Education

Higher Ed

  • College access and admission
  • College completion
  • English language learners
  • Financial aid
  • Minority students

Stella M. Flores is an associate professor of higher education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is also director of access and equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU. Her research investigates the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations. Flores has written about minority-serving institutions, immigrant students, English-language learners, the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions, demographic changes in U.S. education, and Latino students and community colleges. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles and three co-edited volumes. Her work has been cited in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court Gratz v. Bollinger decision (dissenting opinion) and in various amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court on affirmative action in higher education admissions. Flores holds a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, master’s degrees from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s from Rice University.