Who We Are

PFI members are volunteers who are committed to reinventing Paulo Freire's pedagogies towards transformation to better the World. Every year more students participate in PFI, creating a community of continuing students and formers students at UCLA. Please contact us to inquire about joining PFI UCLA.

Director and Founder
  • Carlos Alberto Torres, Ph.D.

Associate Director
  • Aly Juma, Ph.D.

Assistant Directors
  • Greg William Misiaszek, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Ila Misiaszek, Ph.D.

Program Officers
  • Mahsa Bakhshaei, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Justin Gelzhiser, Ph.D. Students

Founders
  • Aly Juma, Ph.D.
  • Chitra Golestani-Maghzi, Ph.D.
  • Peter Lownds, Ph.D.
  • Octavio Pescador, Ph.D.
  • Sung-Sang Yoo, Ph.D.

Honorary Founding Members
  • Daniel Domingvez, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Meredith Hermance, Ph.D.
  • Jaana Nogueira, Ph.D.
  • Greg William Misiaszek, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Ila Misiaszek, Ph.D.
  • Richard Van Heertum, Ph.D.

Past Program Officers
  • Susan Wiksten, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Joaquin Noguera, Ph.D. Student
  • Fang Tzu Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Daniel Domingez, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Jason Dorio, Ph.D. 
  • Meredith Hermance, Ph.D.
  • Jaana Nogueira, Ph.D.
  • Greg William Misiaszek, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Ila Misiaszek, Ph.D.
  • Liliana Olmos, Ph.D.
  • Richard Van Heertum, Ph.D.

Members
  • Richard Bamattre, M.A.
  • Mahsa Bakhshaei, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Chen Wei Chang, Ph.D.
  • Yoo Mi Chin, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Clara Chu, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Dominguez, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Kareem Elzein, Ph.D. Student
  • Jay Fala, Ph.D.
  • Ezra Green, M.A.
  • Melissa Goodnight, Ph.D. Student
  • Fang-Tzu Hsu, Ph.D. Student
  • Shanshan Jiang, Ph.D. Student
  • Lupita Kim, Ph.D. 
  • Lucas Layton, Ph.D.
  • LiangWen Lin, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Veriene Melo, Ph.D. Student
  • Marcella Milana, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Noble, Ph.D. Student
  • Jaana Nogueira, Ph.D.
  • Joaquin Nogueira, Ph.D. Student
  • Inês Sacchetti, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Jien Song, Ph.D. Student
  • Ana Elvira Steinbach- Torres, Ph.D.
  • Anthony Tróchez, Ph.D. Student
  • Winmar Way, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Meredith Wegener, Ph.D.
  • Susan Wiksten, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Peter Weldon, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholars – Past and Present
  • John Benedicto Krejsler, Ph.D.
  • Mahsa Bakhshaei, Ph.D.
  • Oleg Gubin, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Chin, Ph.D.
  • Carla Galego, Ph.D. Student
  • YuWen (Willy) Li, Ph.D.
  • Marcella Milana, Ph.D.
  • Saajidha Sader, Ph.D.
  • Lawrence J. Saha, Ph.D.
  • Victor Soler Penades, Ph.D.
  • Massimiliano Tarozzi, Ph.D.
  • Michela Ventura, Ph.D.