Alberto Arenas
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Environmental Education
(520) 626-3783
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. In 2014 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, and in 1998 he was a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellow in Colombia. From 2008 until the present, he has been co-director (with Professor Marcela Vásquez-León) of the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), which brings 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. He was also a member of the International Scientific Committee of the World Environmental Education Congress, held in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2013 and Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015. 

In 2019, Dr. Arenas became Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Environmental Education, a premier educational journal and the oldest journal on environmental education worldwide in continuous operation.

Selected Citations: 

Arenas, A., Barca, D., Rosemartin Sanchez, D. (in press). Successes and Snags of a Sustainability Course in Higher Education. Int. J. of Innovation and Sustainable Development.

Arenas, A., & Londoño, F. (2012). Connecting vocational and technical education with sustainability. In J. Dillon, M. Brody, B. Stevenson, & A. Wals (Eds.), International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education (pp. 163-170). New York: AERA and Routledge.

Arenas, A. (2012). Los textos escolares y su representación de la guerra de Iraq [Textbooks and their representation of the Iraq War]. Revista de Estudos Universitarios, 38(1), 37-51.

Barca, D., & Arenas, A. (2010). Words of caution on indigenous knowledge and education. Educational Practice & Theory, 32(1), 5-28.

Arenas, A., & del Cairo, C. (2009). Etnobotánica, modernidad y pedagogía crítica del lugar [Ethnobotany, modernity, and a critical pedagogy of place]. Utopía y Praxis Latinoamericana, 14(44), 69-83.

Arenas, A. (2008). Connecting hand, mind, and community: Vocational education for social and environmental renewal. Teachers College Record, 110(2), 377-404.

Research Themes: 
Food Systems and Security
Food policy
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Indigenous knowledge
Science Engagement

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