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Distinguished Professor

UCLA | Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS)


About Prof. Torres

Carlos Alberto Torres is a Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education, and former Director of the UCLA-Latin American Center, is a political sociologist of education who did his undergraduate work in sociology in Argentina (B.A. honors and teaching credential in Sociology, Universidad del Salvador), his graduate work in Mexico (M.A. in Political Science, FLACSO) and the United States (M.A. and Ph.D. in International Development Education, Stanford University), and post-doctoral studies in educational foundations in Canada (University of Alberta). He is also the Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institute in São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and UCLA. Dr. Torres has been a Visiting Professor in universities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has lectured throughout Latin America and the United States, and in universities in England, Japan, Italy, Spain, Tanzania, Finland, Mozambique, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Portugal, Taiwan, Korea, Sweden and South Africa.

Comparative and International Education, Diversity, Education Law, Education Policy, Ethnic Issues, Higher Education, Immigrants and Immigration, Leadership, Multicultural Education, Professional Development, Teaching

Biographic Videos


  • PhD. Stanford University 9/80-11/83. International Development Education. Stanford International Development Education Committee (SIDEC), School of Education. Dissertation: Educational policy formation and the Mexican corporatist state: a study of adult education policy and planning in Mexico (1970-1982)

  • M. A. Stanford University 9/80-10/82 , Stanford International Development Education. Stanford International Development Education Committee (SIDEC), School of Education.

  • M. A. Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO), Mexico City, Mexico 10/76-6/78 , Political Science. Master Dissertation: La Economía Política de Argentina: 1964-1976.

  • B. A. Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 3/70-12/74 , Sociology, Faculty of Social Science with Distinction (honors diploma).

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Political sociology of education

  • Impact of globalization on K-12 and higher education

  • Intersection of area studies, ethnic studies, and comparative international education

  • Political seconomy of adult education

  • Social theory

  • The life and work of Paulo Freire

New book

Carlos Alberto Torres. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Critical Global Citizenship Education. New York and London, Routledge, 2019.

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