The Paulo Freire Institute seeks to gather scholars and critics of Freire’s work in permanent dialogue to foster the advancement of new theories and concrete interventions in the real world.



Dr. Torres is a 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). Please see below for his blog:

Program Officer

Darek is a Ph.D. student in the Social Sciences and Comparative Education division at UCLA. He has research interests in comparative education, the learning sciences, and technology design. Prior to UCLA he worked as a product management professional in K-12 educational software development (R&D). He has also volunteered with schools in Kenya, Thailand, South Africa, and the Philippines. He holds a master’s in public policy from New York University and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Chicago.

Associate Director

Dr. Misiaszek is Associate Professor in the Institute of International and Comparative Education at Beijing Normal University (2013-). She is Immediate Past Secretary General of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) (2016-2019) and a Co-Founder and Fellow of the International Network on Gender Social Justice, and Praxis. Lauren has been a UK Fulbright Scholar, a national program manager for the US Veterans Administration, a sustainable development fellow in Nicaragua, and a free clinic worker and translator in the US.

Associate Director

Greg has been a member of UCLA PFI since 2006, a few months before starting his Ph.D. in Education at UCLA with an international education focus. He was the UCLA-PFI Program Officer from 2007-2009, named an honorary founded in 2009, and made Associate Director from 2011-2018 and is now Associate Director. He has been an assistant professor at Beijing Normal University since 2013. His work focuses on Freirean environmental pedagogies (e.g., ecopedagogy), critical theories of  globalization, decoloniality, citizenship, (eco)racism, (eco)feminism, gender, Indigenous and Southern epistemologies, (eco)linguistics, and media culture.