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Iván Arenas

Associate Director

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Iván Arenas is a Mexican-American anthropologist, architect, artist, activist, and most importantly a parent. When he has his fieldwork shoes on he focuses on the production of emergent political subjectivities and alternative political imaginaries through practices of struggle in urban settings. Before joining IRRPP, he worked with UIC’s Social Justice Initiative where he curated two year-long exhibits that mobilized and extended his research on the intersection between protest practices, social transformation, and aesthetics. Interested in connecting faculty, students, and the community, Dr. Arenas seeks to create research and programming that enable not just greater understanding but mobilizes towards collective action. He received his PhD in Anthropology in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley.