Bio and other info

Assistant Professor, Beijing Normal University (BNU), Faculty of Education, Institute of Theories of Education
Associate Director, Paulo Freire Institute, UCLA
Executive Editor, Teaching in Higher Education journal
Co-Editor, Global Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES (World Council of Comparative Education Societies)
International Advisory Committee Member, UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, UCLA

Dr. Greg William Misiaszek is an Assistant Professor at Beijing Normal University’s (BNU), Faculty of Education, Theories of Education Institute. He also holds various positions, including Associate Director, Paulo Freire Institute, UCLA; one of five Executive Editors (2021-2024+) of the Teaching in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives journal; Book Series Editor of Bloomsbury’s Freire in Focus (with Carlos Alberto Torres); and Co-Editor, the WCCES (World Council of Comparative Education Societies) journal Global Comparative Education. His current work focuses on critical analysis of environmental pedagogies, with specific emphasis on ecopedagogy, through theories of globalizations, citizenships, race, gender, migration, Indigenous issues, linguistics, and media, among others. He is currently heading up a 2-volume Encylopedia of Environmental Education (Bloomsbury, 2025/6) His most recent book Freire and Environmentalism: Ecopedagogy (2023) is housed in his Bloomsbury book series – short in length and written to be read outside and inside traditional academic spaces. His recently published book Ecopedagogy: Critical Environmental Teaching for Planetary Justice and Global Sustainable Development (2020, Bloomsbury) deconstructs critical environmental learning and literacies (i.e., ecopedagogical literacies); while his 2018 book from Routledge, Educating the Global Environmental Citizen: Understanding Ecopedagogy in Local and Global Contexts, focuses on citizenships and environmental pedagogies. He has various edited books and handbooks, including the Palgrave Handbook on Critical Theories of Education (2022) with Ali A. Abdi (the University of British Columbia). Dr. Misiaszek has been invited internationally to give numerous lectures on these and other topics and works collaboratively with various international organizations. Before working at BNU, Dr. Misiaszek worked for over 17 years at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Andrus Gerontology Center, as well as having adjunct professorships at the University of San Francisco (USF) and California State University, Long Beach. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education in Social Science and Comparative Education, M.S. in distance education (USC, Rossier), and B.S. from USC in Environmental Studies (emphasis in Chemistry).

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Teaching and Research Interests
  • Ecopedagogy and critical analysis of environmental pedagogies (e.g., Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD))
  • Citizenship, globalization and education (models of global citizenship education (GCE) and planetary citizenship)
  • Paulo Freire’s pedagogy and philosophy
  • Critical theories and educational practices and research methodologies for transformational change
  • Comparative/international education 
  • Sociology of Education
  • Critical analysis and construction of educational technologies
  • Development and education
  • Decolonization of education
  • k/Knowledges, s/Science, and t/Technologies and education
  • Epistemologies of the South and education

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