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 in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) and the Director of the International Research Center for the Development Education (CIIDE) in the College of Education, a joint effort with the University UNIMINUTO in Bogotá.

She was PI and co-PI in two projects focused on development of higher education in the country of Colombia sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She received the 2018 the International Engagement Award presented by MU’s Council on International Initiatives for her meaningful and sustained commitments to international initiatives on behalf of the University of Missouri. She was awarded with the 2019-2020 US Fulbright Scholars Award to conduct a Youth Participatory Action Research in Colombia and the US with Black students in higher education.

Dr. Mendoza´s 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 from an international and comparative perspective. A productive author, Dr. Mendoza has published book chapters, monographs, an edited book, and numerous journal articles which have appeared in the top journals in the field. She has served in the editorial boards of The Journal of Higher Education, Community College Review, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Education Finance.