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Andrew Paxman

Department of History


Dr. Andrew PaxmanAndrew Paxman
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A. (Latin American Studies): The University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (English Literature): University of Delaware
B.A., University of Southampton, England
(601) 974-1338
Office: CC 26
Dr. Andrew Paxman's Personal Website

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).


William O. Jenkins, satirized as "Lord and Master of Mexico," on the cover of a 1959 magazine.

Satirical poster of William O. Jenkins

Andrew Paxman during his research at the Jenkins Foundation, Puebla City, Mexico.