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Carlos Alberto Torres

Distinguished Professor
Department: Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Keywords: Latin America, Politics, Education, Brazil, Sociology, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba

Carlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor, and former Director of the UCLA-Latin American Center, is a political sociologist of education who did his undergraduate work in sociology in Buenos Aires, Argentina (B.A. honors and teaching credential in Sociology, Universidad del Salvador), his graduate work in Mexico (M.A. in Political Science, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO) and the United States (M.A. and Ph.D. in International Development Education, Stanford University), and post-doctoral studies in educational foundations in Edmonton, Canada (University of Alberta). He is also the Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institute in São Paulo, Brazil with Paulo Freire; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and UCLA. Dr. Torres has been a Visiting Professor in universities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He was the inaugurable holder of the UNESCO UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, Department of Education, UCLA (2016-2020), past President the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 1997, past President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), 2013-2016.