Graduate Students as Proxy Mobbing Targets: Insights from Three Mexican Universities

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Florencia Peña Saint Martin
Brian Martin
Hilde Eliazer Aquino López
Lillian von der Walde Moheno


Struggles between academics often involve mobbing and suppression of dissent and discontent. In some of these struggles, graduate students become targets as an indirect method of attacking their supervisors or mentors. Three case studies from Mexico are used to develop a preliminary framework for classifying and understanding methods used in such attacks. Some suggestions for responding to proxy attacks are outlined

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Florencia Peña Saint Martin, National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City

Professor, National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City; Visiting Professorial Fellow, Arts Faculty, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Brian Martin, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Professor of Social Sciences

Hilde Eliazer Aquino López, Centro Universitario de los Valles, Universidad de Guadalajara; Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Unidad 141A


Lillian von der Walde Moheno, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana


División de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa