Andrew Paxman teaches Latin American history and specializes in 20th-century Mexico. He also teaches courses on contemporary Latin American Studies, film history, and biography. During the 1990s he worked as a journalist, based chiefly in Mexico City, including a five-year stint as Latin America correspondent for the Hollywood trade paper Variety, for which he covered the region's TV and film industries. In 2000, he published El Tigre: Emilio Azcárraga y su imperio Televisa, the biography of a Mexican media mogul, co-authored with Claudia Fernández.
Paxman's next book is a biography of William O. Jenkins (1878-1963), a small-town Tennessean who settled in Mexico in 1901. Through successful ventures in textiles, property speculation, sugar planting, banking, and film exhibition, he reportedly became the richest man in Mexico. Jenkins was overlord of the Mexican film industry during its Golden Age of the 1940s and 1950s, and upon his death he left his entire fortune to a charitable foundation, which in turn set up Puebla's University of the Americas (UDLA).