Pilar Mendoza

  • Associate Professor, Higher Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic capitalism, industry-academia collaborations, college affordability
  • Development of higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • International and comparative higher education


Dr. Mendoza was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is currently Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Missouri Columbia. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Florida and Oklahoma State University. She obtained her decorate in Educational Policy and Leadership Analysis and a M.S. in Physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her research focuses on academic capitalism and its implications to the academic profession, production of knowledge, graduate education as well as to issues of student affordability and retention. She is also interested in international perspectives and comparative research in higher education. Presently, Dr. Mendoza serves in the editorial boards of Community College Review and The Journal of Higher Education. During 2012-2015, Dr. Mendoza participated as PI and Co-PI in two grant projects totaling $957,179US for the development of higher education in Colombia sponsored by USAID-HED and the Ford Foundation.