Dr. Andrew B. Torres completed his doctoral program in 2021 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was a College of Education Fellow and Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellow. In 2014 he received his Masters of Science in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Poetry in 2012.
Dr. Torres has featured and performed at historical venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, and El Museo del Barrio. Most recently he was the keynote speaker of the 6th Annual Computer Science Summit at Rutgers University. He holds multiple publications including chapters in HipHopEd: The Compilation on Hip Hop Education Volume 3 and Critical Race Theory in Education: Informing Classroom Culture and Practice. His dissertation research centered on looking at the ways in which embodied arts, such as spoken word, might address raciocultural trauma within racially minoritized youth.
Over the last nine years Dr. Torres has worked as a teacher, tutor, researcher, and workshop facilitator. During the pandemic he worked as a high school social justice team lead, teacher, and instructional coach while completing his dissertation. For Dr. Torres, teaching is a vocation that is grounded in centering the brilliance and culture of youth.