Alberto Arenas

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Associate Professor,Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Center for Latin American Studies

Ph.D., Sociocultural Studies in Education, University of California, Berkeley, 2000


Alberto Arenas is an associate professor who specializes in the intersection between environmental and sustainability education with sociology of education and history of education. Previously he was an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught at the Center for International Education. He was also a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellow in Colombia. From 2008 until 2010, he was co-director (with Professor Marcela Vásquez-León) and principal investigator of the Western Hemisphere Institute, which brought Latin American students to the UA, most of them Indigenous and Afro-Latin American, to learn about the history and culture of the US with an emphasis on sustainability studies. He is the author of over 60 publications and conference papers, and his manuscripts have been published in some of the leading educational journals in the world, including Teachers College Record, Compare, and International Review of Education. One of his publications, “Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development: The Challenges of Implementation” (2005), was published by UNESCO-UNEVOC in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. For the period 2009-2012, Professor Arenas was appointed member of the Education and Communication Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in Switzerland.