Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland
Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Political Science
M.A. Arizona State University
Ph.D. Arizona State University

Areas of Experience

  • Global Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy/Theory, Critical Theory, Indigenous Studies, Political Ecology
  • About Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland, Ph.D.

    Dr. Figueroa-Helland is Chair and Professor of Politics, Justice, and Global Studies at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah). His research focuses on critical global studies and international relations, global political ecology, decolonial studies, indigenous cosmopolitics, and world systems analysis. He has published and co-authored in journals across different disciplines such as Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, the UNESCO Journal of Higher Education and Society (co-authored with Abigail  Perez Aguilera), and the Journal of Critical Education and Policy Studies (with Abigail Perez Aguilera). His latest articles are forthcoming in the journal Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature (STTCL), the Journal of World Systems Research, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, and in the edited volume Social Movements and World-System Transformation which will contain his most recent article titled “Indigeneity vs. ‘Civilization’: Indigenous Alternatives to the Planetary Rift”. Dr. Figueroa-Helland has presented his research at different institutions and conferences throughout North and Central America as well as Europe, such as the Political Economy of World Systems Conference, the International Studies Assoc. Conference, the Global Studies Association Conference, the Mexican Assoc. of International Studies Conference, the American Indian Studies Assoc. Conference, the Critical Ethnic Studies Assoc. Conference, the Ethnicity, Race & Indigenous Peoples Conference of the Latin American Studies Assoc., among others. He obtained his PhD in 2012 from the School of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University, where he graduated with “distinction” for his dissertation on Indigenous Philosophy and World Politics which he is currently transforming into a book manuscript. He can be contacted at