Former and presents Emeritus Professors

 

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Silvio Zavala y Vallado †

Centro de Estudios Históricos

Date of appointment: 18 February 1981

Doctor in Law and Historian. He studied in the Consuelo Zavala, Model School and the Literary Institute of Yucatán, and in the Universities of the Southeast and the National University of Mexico. Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. In 1931 he traveled to Spain where he graduated as Doctor of Laws at the Central University of Madrid in 1933. He was one of the greatest historians of Mexico, with a specialty in the viceregal period (XXVI-XVIII centuries). He published numerous documentary and interpretation volumes that remain indispensable reference works. He should be considered the founder of the Center for Historical Studies in 1941, the oldest of this institution. He was also president of El Colegio de México from 1963 to 1966 and later Ambassador of Mexico to UNESCO.

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Víctor L. Urquidi Bingham †

Centro de Estudios Económicos y Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientales

Date of appointment: 28 June 1989

Economist, government official and Mexican academic. He entered the London School of Economics in 1937, graduating in July 1940 as an economist. At different times, between 1940 and 1964, he held senior positions at the Banco de México and at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. He was director of the ECLAC Office in Mexico from 1953 to 1959. He was responsible for the creation in 1964 of the Center for Economic and Demographic Studies, and then during his years as president of El Colegio de México (1965-1984-1985) of other centers: Sociological Studies, Economics, a new Center for Demographic Studies and Urban Development, the Center for Asian and African Studies, and several research programs including the Gender Studies Program Incorporated into the Center for Sociological Studies. In 1976 Víctor Urquidi supervised the inauguration of the beautiful and very functional building of El Colegio de México, which has received various awards and awards. He was advisor to various United Nations agencies and was one of the founders of the academic society known as the Club of Rome that did so much to awaken the world consciousness on the huge challenges to the environment.

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Antonio Alatorre Chávez †

Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios

Date of appointment: 31 July 1990

He was a writer, philologist, literary critic and Mexican translator who continues to be recognized for his influential academic essays on Spanish literature and for his book The 1001 Years of the Spanish Language, an outstanding publication published in 1979 that presentS a synthetic history of the Spanish language in an accessible and relatively brief format. Throughout his life he practiced and taught literary criticism and was translator of more than thirty books in Latin, French, English, German, Portuguese and Italian. Alatorre held a position as professor and researcher at the Colegio de México from 1951 onwards and from 1953 to 1972 he directed the Center for Philological Studies (now the Center for Linguistic and Literary Studies). During this time he also edited and directed the Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica, still the premier journal in its field. He obtained the Guggenheim scholarship in 1960 and the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in the area of Linguistics and Literature in 1998. He was named honorary member of the Mexican Academy of Language on September 13, 2001.

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Luis González y González †

Centro de Estudios Históricos

Date of appointment: 03 April 1991

He took his high school and the preparatory studies with the Jesuits in the Institute of Sciences of Guadalajara, and later studied at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. In 1946, he entered the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México; There he had among his main professors Silvio Zavala, Rafael Altamira, José Gaos, Ramón Iglesia and José Miranda. He distinguished himself as a teacher of the new generation historians of Mexico, and stimulated a new way of making history. He may be considered the founder of microhistory in Mexico with his book Pueblo en vilo, on the small town of San José de Gracia in Michoacán. For some twenty five years he was professor in The Colegio of Mexico in the Center of Historical Studies. In 1979 he was the founder of El Colegio de Michoacán, which he directed during six years, and later was named Emeritus of the National System of Researchers of Mexico. He published some thirty books of Mexican history and historiography of great originality, many of which remain indispensable works of reference.

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Moisés González Navarro †

Centro de Estudios Históricos

Date of appointment: 28 November 1991

He was a Mexican lawyer, historian, writer, researcher and academic. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Guadalajara (1942-1943) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1944-1949), and his Master's degree in Social Sciences at the Center for Social Studies of El Colegio de México (1943- 1947). He studied for a doctorate at the École Practique des Hautes Études, Paris, October 1957-May 1959. He specialized in the social history of Mexico in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and published a large number of articles and books on history and historiography.

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Margit Frenk Freund

Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios

Date of appointment: 21 April 1995

She studied for her degree in Spanish Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. After completing her master's degree at the University of Berkeley, she completed her doctorate in linguistics and Hispanic literature in El Colegio de México in 1972, where she was a professor until 1980. Between 1986 and 1996 she was the coordinator of the Center for Literary Studies at the Philological Research Institute of UNAM, where she founded and directed the academic journal Literatura Mexicana. She is the author of 21 books and more than 140 articles mainly on, traditional lyric and folklore, in which she is an accomplished specialist, author of compilations such as the Nuevo corpus de la antigua lírica popular hispánica (México: UNAM-El Colegio de México-FCE, 2003). She was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at the Sorbonne and is a correspondent of the British Academy. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Language and honorary president of the International Association of Hispanists. She was the winner of the National Prize for Sciences and Arts in the area of Linguistics and Literature in 2000. In 2009 she received the XXIII Menéndez Pelayo International Prize.

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Rafael Segovia Canosa

Centro de Estudios Internacionales

Date of appointment: 31 August 1995

Born in Spain in 1928, he arrived in Mexico at the end of the Spanish civil war in 1940. He studied History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM and then studied history at the University of Paris and at Sciences Po. From 1962 until 2005, he was a Professor and Researcher at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México and has been the teacher of a large number of generations of students who have excelled in academia, politics and international relations. He was General Academic Coordinator of the institution. He is a specialist in political science and political history and is author of several works on political education in Mexico, as well as a large number of academic and press articles on the national and international political conjuncture.

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Mario Ojeda Gómez †

Centro de Estudios Internacionales

Date of appointment: 12 August 1997

He was an internationalist, academic and Mexican diplomat. He studied at the School of Political and Social Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, as well as at Harvard University. He was a professor and researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, El Colegio de México, the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., the Universidad Iberoamericana, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, among others. In El Colegio de México, he was director of the Center for International Studies, general secretary, general academic coordinator and, from 1985 to 1995, he was president of the institution. He received numerous scholarships and distinctions including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Association of Universities and Institutes of Higher Education, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the National System of Researchers National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. He was also ambassador of Mexico to UNESCO, between 1995 and 1998.

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Gustavo Cabrera Acevedo †

Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientales

Date of appointment: 08 September 1999

Demographer and Mexican actuary who contributed to the creation of institutions in Mexico such as the National Population Council (Conapo). He was educator of the demography school in Mexico and president of the Mexican Society of Demography (Somede). He was the founder of the Center for Economic and Demographic Studies (CEED), which was later divided into the Center for Economic Studies (CEE) and the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) of El Colegio de México. Among the activities he carried out within El Colegio, he was director of the CEED from 1970 to 1976, and academic coordinator of the master's degree in demography from 1964 to 1969. Among his main contributions to demography are the mortality tables of Mexico, 1930-1960 and the population projections of Mexico, 1960-1980. He died in Mexico City on November 22, 2002. The Secretary of Public Education (SEP) named the secondary school No. 284, "Gustavo Cabrera Acevedo" in his honor.

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Josefina Zoraida Vázquez y Vera

Centro de Estudios Históricos

Date of appointment: 18 March 2002

She completed her master's degree in Universal History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM, where she also did a Ph.D. in History. She also has a doctorate in History of America at the Central University of Madrid, and a postdoctoral degree in History of the United States at Harvard University. She is a researcher at El Colegio de México, where she has taught for more than forty years and has been director of the Center for Historical Studies. She has also taught at UNAM, the Universidad Iberoamericana and numerous universities in the United States and Europe. Josefina Zoraida Vázquez has published more than a hundred articles in various history journals. She has written a large number of Mexican history books that are now classics, and is well known for her drive to produce textbooks in Mexico since the 1970s. She is an Emeritus Professor of the National System of Researchers and is a member of The Mexican Academy of History.

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Rodolfo Stavenhagen †

Centro de Estudios Sociológicos

Date of appointment: 27 May 2004

A distinguished sociologist who devoted himself to defend the human rights of indigenous peoples, as well as being a prominent social scientist and researcher. He was awarded the National Prize of Sciences and Arts in Mexico in 1997. He was a long-time professor and researcher at El Colegio de México and National System of Researcher, level III. He taught at the universities of Harvard, Stanford, Sorbonne, the University of Geneva and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, among others. He was at different times president of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso); member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Clacso); member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations University and member of the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council of the United States. He was UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Peoples from 2001 to 2008. He received an honorary doctorate from the UNAM, the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos, the University of Tromso in Norway and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. In 2016 he received the KH Silvert award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for his contribution to this field of knowledge. He was the founding President of the Mexican Academy of Human Rights and Vice-President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

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Lorenzo Francisco Meyer Cossío

Centro de Estudios Internacionales

Date of appointment: 01 April 2008

Historian and expert in international relations and politics of Mexico. He obtained his degree and doctorate in international relations at the Center for International Studies of El Colegio de México, of which he was professor for more than forty years and director of the same. He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in Mexico, Europe, the United States and Asia. He is the author of more than forty books on Mexican history and on Mexican politics that are widely known, many of which are considered classics. He has a great number of national and international distinctions, among which we only mention here being professor emeritus of the National System of Researchers of the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, and National Prize of Sciences and Arts of Mexico in 2011. As a journalist and expert in political science he has written many articles in numerous newspapers for forty years and currently writes a weekly column in the newspaper Reforma and regularly participates in national television programs of Once TV of the National Polytechnic Institute.

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Andrés Lira González

Centro de Estudios Históricos

Date of appointment: 27 November 2013

Mexican lawyer, historian, researcher and academic. He has specialized in the study of social history and law in Mexico. He entered the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he graduated from 1959 to 1963. He completed a master's degree at the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México from 1964 to 1968 and later he obtained a doctorate in the Department of History of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has long been a professor at the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México, which he presided over in the years 1992-1995. He was president of El Colegio de Michoacán between 1986 and 1992 and subsequently President of El Colegio de México from 1996 to 2005. He has published more than a hundred articles and academic essays and a dozen books of history of Mexico of high quality. He is president of the Mexican Academy of History.

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Orlandina de Oliveira

Centro de Estudios Sociológicos

Date of appointment: 01 October 2014

She studied sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. Later, in Chile, she completed her master's degree at the University of Chile, and a doctorate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1970 she became a researcher and teacher at El Colegio de México in the Center for Sociological Studies where she has held important administrative and editorial positions, apart from her research and teaching. She has been visiting professor in diverse universities: Harvard University, the Institute of Latin American Studies in France, the Center for Developmental Studies and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and the Institute of Latin American Studies and Sociology of the University of Texas. Since 1984, she is a member of the National System of Researchers, of which she is an emeritus researcher. She is the author of numerous works of theoretical and empirical nature.

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Luis Fernando Lara

Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios

Date of appointment: 31 May 2016

He is a distinguished Mexican linguist, researcher and academic in the Center of Linguistic and Literary Studies of El Colegio de México since 1970. He is the author of the important work Dictionary of Spanish in Mexico, which constitutes an important program of studies in El Colegio. He is the author of numerous works of linguistics and of the history of literature. He has been a member since March 2007 of El Colegio Nacional. He is Docteur d'honneur of the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada in 2012; Member emeritus of the National System of Investigators of Mexico and National Prize of Sciences and Arts, branch of Linguistics and Literature, 2013.

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Gustavo Garza Villareal

Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Urbanos y Ambientales

Date of appointment: 11 October 2016

Gustavo Garza holds a degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, a master's degree in economics from El Colegio de México, a degree in development planning from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in economics from UNAM. He has been a Professor-Researcher at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies at El Colegio de México since 1970. He has published about 250 articles and chapters in magazines and numerous specialized books on urban development in Mexico and the macroeconomic and economic dynamics of cities. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of California, San Diego, the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the University of Texas, Austin, the University of Cambridge, England, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, England and the University of Alcalá, Spain. He was a member of the panel on Urban Dynamics of the Academic Academy of Sciences of the United States from 1999 to 2003. He is emeritus of the National System of Researchers.