Nia Flowers is a Teaching Associate in the Black Studies Department and a PhD candidate in Sociology. Prior to earning her M.A. at UCSB, she graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her dissertation utilizes in-depth interviews to center the experiences of Black mothers in Los Angeles navigating between family, employment, and education. Flowers’ interdisciplinary scholarship is grounded in Black women's histories and Black feminist theories. Her research interests broadly include race, gender, family, education, structural antiblackness, and Black diaspora. Nia Flowers is a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Doctoral Scholars Fellow, and a Center of Black Studies Research Fellow.