Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Latino & Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Dinzey-Flores joined Rutgers in 2007. Dr. Dinzey-Flores’ Diversity Leadership Fellowship is focused on the institutionalization of support for faculty diversity. Her research focuses on understanding how the urban built environment mediates community life and social inequality in the Caribbean and the United States. Her book, Locked In, Locked Out: Gated Communities in a Puerto Rican City (University Of Pennsylvania Press: 2013), winner of the 2014 Robert E. Park for best book in urban and community sociology, investigates race and class inequality as negotiated through community gates in private and public housing. She is currently writing on real estate racializing practices and how urban planning ideals travelled in the 20th Century. She is also currently collaborating on a survey about race among Afro-Latin@s as part of the Afro Latin@ Forum, a project on architecture and sociology (with Anita Bakshi), and a documentary on engineering and construction in the Caribbean (with Ulla Berg). She co-founded the Women of Color Scholars Initiative at Rutgers and is currently a founding member of the Black Latinas Know Collective, a collective of Black Latina scholars who seek to make critical interventions in Latinx and Black Studies scholarship.
Diversity Leadership Fellow, DICE Central