November 18, 2012

Armando Alcantara

Dr.  Armando Alcantara is Professor of Higher Education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in the Institute for University and Education Studies, and Research Fellow at Mexico’s National System of Researchers (level I). He is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science.

He earned a B. A. in Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1985); a M. A. in education (International Development Education) at Stanford University (1992), and a Ph. D. (Social Sciences and Comparative Education) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (1999). He was also Visiting Scholar Boston College (2000-2001), and Visiting Professor at Brazil’s Federal University of Goiás (2006). His main areas of inquiry include politics and policies of higher education, values in education, and comparative education.

Dr. Alcantara has been awarded several scholarships from the Fulbright Program (for the M. A. Program at Stanford University), UNAM (for the M. A. Program at Stanford University and the doctoral program at UCLA). He was also recipient of a scholarship from the Argentinean government to conduct doctoral field work in 1996.

He has delivered papers in conferences of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Mexican Council for Educational Research (COMIE), among many others in Mexico, Latin America and the United States. He has served as Secretary General of the Mexican Council of Educational Research (2001-2003), vice president and founding member of the Mexican Society of Comparative Education, and is currently a member of UNAM´s Higher Education Seminar. Dr. Alcantara is also columnist of Campus Milenio, a weekly supplement of Milenio, a Mexican newspaper. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Revista de la Educación Superior (Mexican Journal of Higher Education), and Reseñas Educativas/Education Review.

Dr. Alcantara most recent publications include the following:

  •  Alcántara, Armando. (2011). “Three Decades of Educational Policies in Mexico”, in Carlos Alberto Torres, Liliana Olmos and Richard Van Heertum (eds.)
  • Educating the Global Citizen: In the Shadows of Neoliberalism. Twenty-Five Years of Educational Reform in North America. Bentham Science [ISBN 978-1-60805-268-4] [] [Chapter in electronic book]].
  • Alcantara, Armando and Margaret M. Clements. (2009). “Globalisation, Intellectual Property and the Cultural Aspects of Collaboration: Comparisons between Mexico and the United States”, in Zajda, Joseph y Val Rust (editors). Globalisation, Policy and Comparative Research: Discourses of Globalisation. Series: Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research. Vol. 5, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands; pp. 125-138. (ISBN: 978-1-4020-9546-7).
  • (2003) Rodríguez Gómez, Roberto and Armando Alcántara. “Towards a Unified Agenda for Change in Latin American Higher Education”, en Ball, Stephen, Gustavo E. Fischman and Silvina Gvirtz (editors). Crisis and Hope: The Educational Hopscotch of Latin America. New York and London. Routledge-Falmer Press; pp. 19-43.
  • Entre Prometeo y Sísifo: Ciencia, Tecnología y Universidad en México y Argentina. (2005). Barcelona: Ediciones Pomares. (ISBN 84-87682-56-1). Reviewed by Pilar Mendoza in Reseñas Educativas/Education Review, 08/30/ 2006 URL: