Luis Beltrán Álvarez

Ph.D. Candidate


B.A in Sociology and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

M.A in Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Research Interests

My major research interests are Political Theory, Social and Political Philosophy. Post-Marxism, Discourse Analysis and Decolonial Theory. Within these major areas, I focus on political subjectivities, colonial subjects, social and political change, and social movements. In my graduate studies, I will investigate how laws of exception and economic emergency harm and change social subjectivities. For this research, I will work with the case of Puerto Rico to demonstrate how the legal discourse established by states of fiscal emergency is sustained and justified under the characterization of racialized subjects and colonial discourse. Although Congress recently passed this Act, I will refer to the history of colonial relations with the US and analyze the developing effects as the Act transforms Puerto Rican society and its subjects. Additionally, I am very interested in debt and sovereign debt, neoliberalism, necropolitics, precarity and precariousness, biopolitics and feminist decolonial theory.

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