about lapes

The diversity of populations in Latin America and the region’s political, cultural, and economic achievements and challenges have shaped unique education philosophies and practices. Likewise, a variety of education philosophies and practices within the region have had enormous sociological, political and economic impacts on the region’s populations. There exists within Latin America a rich tradition of philosophies of education for the most part unknown and often unexamined. LAPES seeks to promote South-South and North-South dialogue regarding Latin American philosophies of education by providing scholars, students, practicing teachers, and activists opportunities to study in collaborative fashion the diverse collection of philosophical works on education produced in Latin America, or by scholars who study the region.

A central premise of LAPES is that by studying Latin American philosophies of education, scholars, teachers, activists, and students can expand their own ways of theorizing education as well as develop techniques for improving educational practices in the United States and elsewhere. To advance this premise, LAPES aims to make resources available to individual and collective parties interested in inquiring into Latin American questions on philosophy of education through professional development activities and other intellectual events.


who we are

Jason Thomas Wozniak 
Co-Founder; Coordinating Collective; Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ; Events & Conferences Collective 

Jason Thomas Wozniak, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Foundations and Policy Studies Department at West Chester University. He is a theorist of education debt and a longtime anti-debt activist who has worked on various national campaigns for tuition-free higher education such as Occupy University and The Debt Collective.

David Isaac Backer

Co-Founder; Coordinating Collective; Events & Conferences Collective 

David I. Backer is a co-founder of LAPES. He is Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Foundations of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies. A co-translator of Enrique Dussel's The Pedagogics of Liberation with Cecilia Diego, you can read more of his research on education and ideology here.

Ana Cecilia Diego 
Co-Founder; Coordinating Collective; Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Ariana González Stokas 

Co-Founder; Coordinating Collective; Events & Conferences Collective

D. Bret Leraul

Coordinating Collective; Editorial Collective and Managing Editor, LÁPIZ

Bret Leraul, PhD is a cultural  critic working in contemporary Latin America. His current project looks at the reproduction of humanist knowledge systems in the Southern Cone in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through the idea of the university and its crises, the literary-critical system, and the institutionalization of theory as they relate to the neoliberal experimentation that has characterized the region since the coups d'état of the early 1970s. Bret teaches at Haverford College. 

Rafael Vizcaíno

Coordinating Collective; Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ; Events & Conferences Collective

Rafael Vizcaíno is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University (USA). His work is situated at the intersections of decoloniality, liberation philosophies and theologies, women of color feminisms, critical theory, and trans-American aesthetics.

Tomás Rocha

Coordinating Collective; Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ

Tomás Rocha is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. His current work examines contemplative education from a cross-cultural perspective, drawing from Ancient Greek conceptions of theoria, contemporary notions of hybrid mindfulness, and the analysis of Latin American testimonio. He teaches part-time at Fordham University.


Sheeva Sabati

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Sheeva Sabati, PhD is a feminist and critical ethnic studies scholar of education. Her research examines the role of U.S. universities as key institutions in cohering racial-colonial violence and considers the role of knowledge production in upholding universities as ethical institutions. Her current project considers the ethical tensions of "public land grant" universities on stolen indigenous land. Sheeva lectures in the Feminist Studies Department, Oakes College, and Colleges 9 and 10 at UC Santa Cruz.

Walter Omar Kohan

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ

Walter Omar Kohan did his PhD in Philosophy for Children, mentored by Prof. Dr. Matthew Lipman. He has Post-doctoral Studies in Philosophy at the University of Paris 8. Since 2002 he is Full Professor of Philosophy of Education at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He was Fellow Researcher at University of British Columbia, 2017-8 and has been visiting professor at different universities in Italy, France, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.

Anuar Juraidini

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Derek Ford

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Scott Henstrand

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ

Pedro Monque

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 

Daniela Anaya

Editorial Collective, LÁPIZ 


contributors & friends

Esteban Gérman Bordes, Designer

Orlando José Hernández, LÁPIZ N˚ 2

Walter Kohan, LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Maximiliano Valerio López, LÁPIZ N˚ 1

Jesús Luzardo, LÁPIZ N˚ 2

Eduardo Mendieta, LÁPIZ N˚ 1

Juliana Merçon, LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Targol Mesbah, LÁPIZ N˚ 4

Lilia Monzó, LÁPIZ N˚ 2


Linda Martín Alcoff, LÁPIZ N˚ 1

Vanesa Andreotti, LÁPIZ N˚ 4

Valeria Araujo, Translator


Bruno ​Baronnet, LÁPIZ N˚ 4

George Caffentzis, LÁPIZ N˚ 2

Tracy Devine Guzman,  LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Eduardo Duarte, LÁPIZ N˚ 1

Enrique Dussel, LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Daniel Friedrich, LÁPIZ N˚ 2

Rodrigo Nunes, LÁPIZ N˚ 2

Rebecca Tarlau, LÁPIZ N˚ 5

Julieta Paredes,  LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Aleksandra Perisic, LÁPIZ N˚ 2 + N˚ 3 

Lia Pinheiro Barbosa, LÁPIZ N˚ 4


Samuel Rocha, LÁPIZ N˚ 1


Charlotte D. Sáenz,  LÁPIZ N˚ 3

Catherine Walsh, LÁPIZ N˚ 5


support our work

We are currently accepting donations to fund the print edition of LÁPIZ N˚4!

If you are financially able to contribute, your donation will help cover printing and shipping costs, expand the reach of our collective scholarship, and advance the mission and ideals of LAPES. 

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