Professor of Social Sciences and Comparative Education, and former Director at the UCLA- Latin American Center, is a political sociologist of education who did his undergraduate work in sociology in Argentina (BA. honors and teaching credential in Sociology, Universidad del Salvador), his graduate work in Mexico (M.A in Political Science, FLACSO) and the United States (MA. and PhD. in International Development Education, Stanford University), and postdoctoral studies in educational foundations in Canada (University of Alberta). He is also the Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institute in Sao 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.