Former Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow Alejandro Castrillon is assistant professor of political science at Baylor University. His research focuses on political theory, from ancient political thought to modern republicanism with a specialization in Latin America.
He coedited with Kellogg Faculty Fellow James McAdams Contemporary Far-Right Thinkers and the Future of Liberal Democracy, a volume exploring outspoken Far Right thinkers in Europe, Russia, Canada, America, and Australia. He has also published in the journal History of Political Thought. He is currently working on a monograph manuscript on the political and constitutional thought of Simón Bolívar, a Latin American statesman. At Baylor, he teaches courses in World Cultures, Social World, and Fundamentals of International Politics.
He holds a PhD in political science and MA in Iberian and Latin American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a BA in philosophy, history, and political science from Boston University.
This profile was current as of 2021, when he was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
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 earned an 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 earned an MA 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 Castrillón talks about his dissertation research: