Dr. Javier Hidalgo
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Javier Hidalgo is a political theorist whose teaching and research interests center on the ethical and public policy questions related to Mexican immigration in the United States, the morality of the market, and democratic theory.

He teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities and Leadership Ethics, and advanced courses on issues of leadership and diversity.

A finalist for the 2012 American Political Science Association Best Dissertation Award in the field of Human Rights, his work examined the political morality of unauthorized immigration and considered the ethics of deportation, the relationship between the criminal law and immigration law, and moral constraints on access to citizenship.

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
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
“Resistance to Unjust Immigration Restrictions,” Journal of Political Philosophy (forthcoming).
“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).
“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
(804) 287-6365
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Global Leadership