Torres is a renowned scholar on Latin American education, effects of globalization on K-12, and comparative international education.
Professor of education Carlos Alberto Torres has been elected as the new president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). He has served the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), one of the founding societies within the WCCES, through membership on the Board of Directors and as CIES President from 1994 to 1998.
“The WCCES will be extraordinarily well served by Carlos Torres,” stated GSE&IS Dean Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco. “He will bring outstanding leadership and his remarkable scholarship to bear on the myriad complex education issues facing the world today, and will work tirelessly to ensure the betterment of educational standards and practices around the globe. Carlos Torres is a scholar’s scholar. We are blessed to have him among our GSE&IS faculty.”
Torres is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on Latin American Studies, Torres is the principal biographer of Brazilian philosopher and critical social theorist Paulo Freire and is director of the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA. He was awarded the 2012-13 Fellowship of the Sudikoff Family Institute for Education and New Media at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS).
In 2008, Torres was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Universidad Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received the GSE&IS Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012. Most recently, he was recognized by Online Schools in California as one of the “Top 20 Education Professors in California.” He currently serves as Associate Dean for Global Programs in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.