Lauro Flores is Professor of Chicano and Latin American literatures and cultures. His main teaching and research interests are in Latin American and Chicano/a literature, film, and visual culture. During his tenure at the UW, he has served as Director of the Center for Chicano Studies, Chair of Latin American Studies, Chair of the Department of American Ethnic Studies, and Special Assistant to the Provost. Currently, he is Acting Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.
Flores has been visiting professor at Stanford University and UCLA. He was editor of the legendary journals The Americas Review and Metamorfosis, and has served on many editorial boards. His publications include The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature (1998), winner of an American Book Award; a critical edition of Luis Pérez's autobiographical novel, El Coyote/The Rebel (2000); Alfredo Arreguín: Patterns of Dreams and Nature/Diseños, sueños y naturaleza (2002), listed as a Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize notable book; José Luis Rodríguez Guerra: Myth, Magic & Memory/Mito, magia y memoria (2009), Fulgencio Lazo: Reconstrucción de la memoria/Reconstruction of Memory (2010); Arturo Artorez: Tiempo y azar/Time & Chance (2014); A Arreguín: Correspondencias (2015); and Beyond Aztlán: Mexican & Chicana/o Artists in the Pacific Northwest (2016).
A past Ford Foundation doctoral and post-doctoral fellow, Flores served for many years as Regional Liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities Program. Besides the American Book Award (1999), he has also received, among other honors, a UW Distinguished Teaching Award (2007), the Tomás Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), and the coveted OHTLI Award (2016), “the highest recognition conferred by the government of Mexico to Mexican, Mexican American or Latino leaders who have made exceptional contributions toward the advancement of Mexican communities abroad.”