The Mexican Academic Profession Between Centuries: Who are the Actors?

  • Manuel Gil-AntónEmail author
  • Laura E. Padilla-González
  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 16)


During the last four decades Mexican higher education has changed quite significantly both in quantitative and qualitative terms. In this chapter such changes are briefly described as the context within which a reconfiguration of the Mexican academic profession has taken place in various important aspects. On the basis of the 2007 Mexican CAP (Changing Academic Profession) project, but also using information from the 1992 Carnegie International Faculty Survey, such reconfiguration is addressed in terms of gender, highest degree and age of full-time academics. Additionally, the educational background of academics’ parents serves as a reference for the identification of Mexican academics as “heirs” or “pioneers,” depending on whether their parents did or did not had a higher education experience. Changes are related to public policies, largely in the form of conditioned monetary transfers, put in place during the period discussed, as well as to the structure of the Mexican higher education system (type of institution) and the ethos of the different disciplines within which academics work.


High Education Graduate Degree Female Participation Academic Profession Fourth Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Gil-Antón
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura E. Padilla-González
    • 2
  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios SociológicosEl Colegio de MéxicoMéxico CityMéxico
  2. 2.Departamento de EducaciónUniversidad Autónoma de AguascalientesAguascalientesMéxico
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias HumanasUniversidad Autónoma de Baja CaliforniaMexicaliMéxico

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