Global Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy/Theory, Critical Theory, Indigenous Studies, Political Ecology
Prof. Figueroa Helland specializes in global politics, international relations, political theory/philosophy, and indigenous studies. In June 2012 he successfully defended his dissertation titled "Indigenous Philosophy and World Politics", a work for which his doctoral committee granted a Distinction and which he is currently transforming into a book manuscript. Prof. Figueroa Helland taught at Arizona State University from 2010 to 2012 where he undertook his masters and doctoral studies at the School of Politics and Global Studies; he also taught at the Universidad de las Américas--México, where he previously obtained his B.A. in degree in International Relations with the Highest Honors in 2005; he also has studies in philosophy from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México. Prof. Figueroa Helland conducts transdisciplinary research across several fields relevant to political and global studies, focusing on themes of global justice, environmental sustainability, indigenous cosmopolitics, critical international theory, transnationalism, migrations, diversity and global education. Prof. Figueroa Helland's work has appeared or is forthcoming in scholarly journals such as UNESCO's Journal of Higher Education and Society/Educacion Superior y Sociedad (co-authored with D. Abigail Pérez Aguilera), Journal of Critical Education and Policy Studies (co-authored with D. Abigail Pérez Aguilera), UNESCO's Bulletin IESALC Reports on Higher Education (co-authored with D. Abigail Pérez Aguilera), Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (co-authored with Stefan P. Borg), Alter-Native: an International Journal of Indigenous Peoples (co-authored with D. Abigail Pérez Aguilera), among others. Professor Figueroa Helland has presented his research at scholarly conferences such as the Asociación Mexicana de Estudios Internacionales/Mexican Association of International Studies and the International Studies Association, the latter of which granted him the Frederick Hartman Award for best graduate student paper in 2008.
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