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Iván Arenas

Associate Director for Community Partnerships

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy


Building & Room:

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs


412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 219

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5294


Iván Arenas is a Mexican-American anthropologist, architect, artist, activist, and parent. His research focuses on how social movements use creative and artistic practices to create solidarities beyond the state. Dr. Arenas has curated three exhibits at the Social Justice Initiative's Pop Up Just Art Gallery Space and works with activist collectives in the city looking to mitigate and end the harms of police violence. At IRRPP, he works to connect faculty, students, and the community through research and programming on race, ethnicity, and public policy that enable not just greater understanding but mobilize towards collective action. He received his PhD in Anthropology in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley.