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Dr. Javier Hidalgo

Professor of Leadership Studies
Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile

    Dr. Javier Hidalgo is a political theorist whose teaching and research interests center on political philosophy, applied ethics, Buddhist philosophy, and pedagogy.

    He teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice and 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.

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    • Grants and Fellowships

      Fulbright Research Scholarship, 2005-2006

    • Awards

      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). 

    Journal Articles

    Hidalgo, Javier S. "Reacting to the Past as Education for Leadership." Interdisciplinary Journal of Leadership Studies, 2: 5-20.

    Freiman, Christopher, and Javier Hidalgo. “Only Libertarianism Can Provide a Robust Justification for Open Borders.” Politics Philosophy & Economics 21, no. 3 (Summer 2022). https://doi.org/10.1177/1470594X221091278.

    Hidalgo, Javier. “Buddhist Ethics as a Path: A Defense of Normative Gradualism.” Philosophy East & West 72, no. 2 (April 2022): 335–54. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2022.0044.

    Hidalgo, Javier. “You Survive Teletransportation,” Think 21 no. 61 (2022): 83-92. https://doi.org/10.1017/S147717562100049X

    “Brock on Open Borders,” Philosophy and Public Issues 11.1 (2021): 49-68. http://fqp.luiss.it/2022/03/14/brock-on-open-borders/

    "An Abhidharmic Theory of Welfare," Asian Philosophy 31:3 (2021): 254-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09552367.2021.1899436

    "Empty or Emergent Persons? A Critique of Buddhist Personalism," Comparative Philosophy 12:1 (2021): 76-97. https://doi.org/10.31979/2151-6014(2021).120108 

    "A Dilemma for Buddhist Reductionism," Philosophy East & West 70:4 (October 2020): 1-22. https://philarchive.org/archive/HIDADF

    "Why Practice Philosophy as a Way of Life?" Metaphilosophy 51:2-3 (April 2020): 411-431. https://doi.org/10.1111/meta.12421

    "Buddhist Error Theory," The Journal of Value Inquiry (February 2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10790-020-09736-3

    "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.

    Book Chapters

    Hidalgo, Javier. “Philosophy and Leadership.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies, eds. George R. Goethals, Scott T. Allison, and Georgia J. Sorenson (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2023).

    Hidalgo, Javier. “Special Obligations and Leadership Ethics.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Leadership Studies, eds. George R. Goethals, Scott T. Allison, and Georgia J. Sorenson (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2023).

    “Open Borders,” in Living Ethics: An Introduction with Readings, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau, second edition (Oxford University Press, 2021).

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