Alfred Flores

Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

Alfred P. Flores (Familian Kulo yan Kabesa) 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 and settler colonialism in the Pacific Islands with an emphasis on diaspora, labor, migration, indigeneity, militarization, oral history, and race. Currently, he is working on a book project, tentatively entitled, “Little Island into Mighty Base”: Land, Labor, and Settler Colonialism in Guam. This book investigates how U.S. military bases in Guahan (Guam) function as settler colonial sites that connect people between Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the continental United States.

Selected Publications

“Pathways, Pedagogy, and Pacific Islander Studies,” in Amplified Voices, Intersecting Identities; First-Generation Phds Navigating Institutional Power, eds. Jaye Sablan and Jan Van Galen (Brill / Sense Publishers) (Forthcoming).

“U.S. Colonial Education in Guam, 1898 – 1950,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press (March 2019).

“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 67:3 (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 37:3 (2011): 149-161.

Courses Taught

  • ASAM 125 – Introduction to Asian American History, 1850 – Present
  • ASAM 126 – Race & U.S. Empire in the Pacific Islands