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Dr.  Javier  Hidalgo
Dr. Javier Hidalgo
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Javier Hidalgo is a political theorist whose teaching and research interests center on ethics and international affairs, especially the ethical and public policy questions relating to immigration.

He teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice & Civil Society, and advanced courses on leadership in international contexts.

A Fulbright Scholar, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from Reed College and a master's and doctorate from the Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton University. He was a visiting scholar at Brown University prior to joining the Jepson School.

Grants and Fellowships
Fulbright Research Scholarship, 2005-2006
Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond, 2019
Finalist for the American Political Science Association Best Dissertation Award in the field of Human Rights, 2012
George Kateb Prize for Best Preceptor in Politics, 2011
Selected Publications

"Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration" (New York: Routledge, 2019). 


"A Dilemma for Buddhist Reductionism," Philosophy East & West 70:4 (October 2020): 1-22.

"Why Practice Philosophy as a Way of Life?" Metaphilosophy 51:2-3 (April 2020): 411-431.

"Buddhist Error Theory," The Journal of Value Inquiry (February 2020).

"The Ethics of Resisting Immigration Law," Philosophy Compass 14.12 (2019): 1-10.

“The Ethics of People Smuggling,” Journal of Global Ethics 12.3 (2016): 311-326.

"The Duty to Disobey Immigration Law," Moral Philosophy and Politics 3.2 (2016): 165-186.

"Selling Citizenship: A Defense," Journal of Applied Philosophy 33.3 (2016): 223-239.

“Liberalism or Immigration Restrictions, But Not Both,” with Christopher Freiman, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 10.2 (2016): 1-22.

“The Case for the International Governance of Immigration,” International Theory 8.1 (2016): 140-170.

“Resistance to Unjust Immigration Restrictions,” Journal of Political Philosophy 23.4 (2015): 450-470.

“Why Restrictions on the Immigration of Health Workers Are Unjust,” Developing World Bioethics 14.3 (2014): 117-126.

“Immigration Restrictions and the Right to Avoid Unwanted Obligations,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (August 2014): 1-8.

“Self-Determination, Immigration Restrictions, and the Problem of Compatriot Deportation,” Journal of International Political Theory 10.3 (2014): 261-282.

“Freedom, Immigration, and Adequate Options,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17.2 (2014): 212-234.

“The Active Recruitment of Health Workers: A Defense,” Journal of Medical Ethics 39.10 (2013): 603-609.

“Associative Duties and Immigration,” Journal of Moral Philosophy 10.3 (2013): 697-722.

“Do Employers have Obligations to Pay Their Workers a Living Wage?” Business Ethics Journal Review 1.11 (2013): 69-75.

“Defending the Active Recruitment of Health Workers: A Response to Commentators,” Journal of Medical Ethics 39.10 (2013): 618-620.

“An Argument for Guest Worker Programs,” Public Affairs Quarterly 24.1 (January 2010): 21-38.

Ph.D., Princeton University 2011
Program in Political Philosophy
M.A., Princeton University 2008
Program in Political Philosophy
B.A., Reed College 2004
Political Science and Philosophy
Contact Information
129 Jepson Hall
(804) 287-6365
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Global Leadership