Alfred Flores

Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

Alfred P. Flores earned his PhD in history with a graduate concentration in Asian American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history and public history from the University of California, Riverside, and an A.A. degree in liberal arts from College of the Desert. Professor Flores’ research and teaching interests include U.S. Empire in Asia and the Pacific Islands with an emphasis on diaspora, labor, immigration, indigeneity, militarization, race, and settler colonialism. Currently, he is working on a book project, tentatively entitled, “Little Island into Mighty Base”: Land, Labor, and the Ascendance of the U.S. Military in Guam, 1944 – 1962. This book explores how this island in the western Pacific Ocean became a crucible of American empire that connected people between Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the continental United States.

Selected Publications

“U.S. Colonial Education in Guam, 1898 – 1950,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press (Forthcoming).

“The Power of Literature and My Experiences at the United Nations” in Home(is)lands: Guåhan & Hawai‘i, An Anthology of New Writing, eds. Brandy Nālani McDougall and Craig Santos Perez (Honolulu: Ala Press, 2017).

“‘No Walk in the Park’: U.S. Empire and the Racialization of Civilian Military Labor in Guam, 1944 – 1962,” in American Quarterly 67, no. 3 (2015): 813-835.

Jean-Paul deGuzman, Alfred P. Flores, Kristopher Kaupalolo, Christen Sasaki, Kehaulani Vaughn, and Joyce Pualani Warren, “The Possibilities for Pacific Islander Studies in the Continental United States,” in Amerasia Journal 37 no. 3 (2011): 149-161.

Courses Taught

  • ASAM 125 – Introduction to Asian American History, 1850 – Present
  • ASAM 179C – Race & U.S. Empire in the Pacific Islands