Dr Jorge Balan is a Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, New York.
He works in the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Global Centres programme. He is also an external researcher with the Centre for the Study of State and Society, a leading Argentine think tank based in Buenos Aires.
Dr Balan is a Latin American scholar with published research in comparative higher education policy, academic and labour mobility, rural-to-urban and international migration, and regional development. His most recent book, with Philip G. Altbach, World-Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
He is an advisor to governments, international agencies, universities, and philanthropic organisations on education policy issues, a consultant with UNESCO’s regional office for science in Latin America, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, and a member of the Research Advisory Committee of The Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis, United States.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Buenos Aires and was awarded a PhD degree in sociology by The University of Texas at Austin, US. He gained postdoctoral awards from the Social Science Research Council and the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and was on the faculty of major universities in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States, including New York University, The University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College.
He was Senior Programme Officer responsible for the international higher education policy portfolio at The Ford Foundation in New York between 1998 and 2006.