Pilar Mendoza

  • PhD Coordinator, Associate Professor, Higher Education

Dr. Mendoza’s scholarly activity has significantly impacted internationalization efforts and the development of higher education in Latin America. She has been recognized with the 2018 MU International Engagement Award and the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. Her international work has attracted around a $1,003,716 in external grants from USAID, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright program, and the U.S. State Department.

She is the founder and director of the International Research Center for the Development of Education (CIIDE per its acronym in Spanish), a unique partnership between the MU College of Education and UNIMINUTO in Bogotá, the largest system in Colombia serving marginalized students throughout the country. CIIDE is the result of a lengthy broader impact initiative that started in 2013 involving faculty, students, and administrators from multiple universities in the U.S. and Colombia. In 2019, CIIDE was recognized among the Best Practices in Internationalization in the Americas by the College of the Americas of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education, the biggest higher education organization in the continent.

A productive author, Dr. Mendoza has published book chapters, monographs, an edited book, and numerous journal articles, some in Spanish, in the top journals in the field. She serves in the editorial boards of The Journal of Higher Education and the Review of Higher Education, the two top in the field, in addition to other editorial boards. She is the 2019-2022 Co-Chair of the Higher Education Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Decoloniality, neoliberalism, globalization, & academic capitalism focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education; college student retention and success; college affordability; industry-academia collaborations
  • International and comparative higher education in Latin America