Adrián I. P-Flores

ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow

Office Location

HSSB 3001D


Adrián I. P-Flores has a doctorate in Gender & Women’s Studies from The University of Arizona. He is the former UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA and is currently the ALCS Emerging Voices Fellow at the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB. His primary field of specialization is the racial and philosophical history of “suicide,” with a focus on psychoanalysis, political theology and Black feminist theory. He is developing his doctoral dissertation, “What is Suicide? Entanglements of Philosophy and Literature in the ‘Afterlife of Slavery,’” into a book manuscript. “What is Suicide?” focuses on the transformation of “suicide” between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries to examine its intersection with the histories and geographies of colonial dispossession and racial slavery. He is extending this ongoing research in critical suicide studies to the emerging field of the psychological humanities by collaborating with professor of psychiatry Dr. Jocelyn Meza at UCLA. They are co-principal investigators on an UCLA-funded research project titled “The Racial Violence of Suicide: Decolonizing Suicide Prevention for Youth of Color,” which examines the racial logics of suicide-screening protocols in the mental health fields. Adrián joined the Capps Center in 2022.