Dr. Jorge Balan is an Argentine sociologist who has published extensively on comparative higher education policy, academic and labor mobility, rural-to-urban and international migration, and regional development in Latin America. He contributes regularly to International Higher Education, a leading newsletter, and has published with Philip G. Altbach a book on World-Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America (Johns Hopkins University Press), with translations published in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
He is currently a Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, where he has responsibilities within the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Global Centers program, and is an external researcher with the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad, a leading Argentine think tank based in Buenos Aires.
Dr. Balan was awarded a PhD degree in sociology at The University of Texas at Austin and gained postdoctoral awards from the Social Science Research Council in New York and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation. He held faculty appointments with major universities in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and Canada. Between 1998 and 2006 he was Senior Program Officer responsible for the international higher education policy portfolio at The Ford Foundation in New York. He has frequently advised governments, international agencies, and philanthropic organizations on social science research and policy issues. In the last few years he has been a consultant with UNESCO’s regional office for science in Latin America, based in Montevideo, Uruguay and was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of The Lumina Foundation, in Indianapolis.