About

Alejandro Castrillón is a PhD candidate in Political Theory and International Relations. He earned magna cum laude honors while obtaining his BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and History from Boston University in 2006.  After graduation, he received his MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 

While abroad, he worked at the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF). After working in the private sector, he enrolled at Notre Dame and received an M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies.

Alejandro’s research interests include Latin American political thought, ancient political philosophy, and modern republicanism. He is currently writing his dissertation on the political thought of Simón Bolívar and the manner in which he used, adapted and transformed European political philosophy for a Latin American context.


Dissertation Year Fellow Alejandro Castrillon talks about his dissertation research:

Thematic Interests

I am interested in modern philosophy and how it was interpreted in the new world. To be more specific, I want to research how Rousseau's understanding of politics and citizenship was received and adapted in a Latin American context.

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Simona BerettaMatt BloomCatherine BoltenPaolo G. CarozzaSéverine DeneulinRev. Robert Dowd, CSCDeirdre GuthrieBeth Simpson HlabseDavid HollenbachPaul PerrinSteve ReifenbergIlaria Schnyder von WartenseeClemens SedmakCarolyn WooBruce Wydick

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