Alberto Arenas

Alberto Arenas

Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education

Alberto is Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Environmental Education, one of the leading journals on environmental education in the world. Alberto specializes in the greening of formal education; green vocational and technical education; and the decolonization of education with a focus on restoring culturally-rich, non-commodified knowledge and skills, and he has conducted research and taught in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia (in these last two countries he served as a Fulbright scholar). From 2009-2019 he was co-director of the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI); SUSI brought over 400 Indigenous students from Latin America to the UA to study U.S. history and culture, with an emphasis on the connections between Indigenous issues and sustainability. Alberto received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and before joining the UA, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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.


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