Alheli Alvarado-Diaz

Alhelí Alvarado-Díaz

Core Lecturer

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Ph.D. – Columbia University, 2009
M.Phil. – Columbia University, 2005
M.A – Columbia University, 2002
B.A. – The Johns Hopkins University, 2001 (Phi Beta Kappa)
            The Peabody Conservatory, 2001

Interests and Research

Cultural History, Political Theory, Feminism, Arts and Politics, History of Imperialism, Postcolonial Studies, 1968, Comparative Political and Intellectual History after 1789, Latin American Studies, Cinema & Philosophy  

Collaborative Projects

Shooting the Core

2015-2016 Shooting the Core. Recipient of the Provost's Hybrid Learning Grant for innovative teaching at Columbia University incorporating short film making to the discussion of the foundational texts in political thought and ethics in the curriculum of Contemporary Civilization.

Fall 2012- Spring 2013 Theory and Practice: Political Philosophy, Radical Politics and Social Resistance (Heyman Center for the Humanities).  Composed of postdoctoral fellows, the collective explores the reciprocal influence of philosophers and radical social movements on the development of historical struggles for collective empowerment, political emancipation and social equality and the reception of revolutionary movements in comparative perspective, rethinking the challenges of writing the history of radical politics with a critical approach to the politics of memory. 


STLS Seminar, Approaches to Pierre Rosanvallon, Critical Theory and the Arts, School of Visual Arts (fall 2015)

SS 490 Peace and Non-Violence,
Cultural Studies and Social Science, Pratt Institute (Fall 2015)

ETH CC 120 Contemporary Issues and Classical Ethics
Metropolitan College of New York (Fall 2015)

HIST S4498 The Ethics of Violence
Columbia University, Department of History (Summer 2015)

HIST 4907 The Radical SixtiesColumbia University, Department of History (Summer 2014)

 SF1, SF2 Social Foundations I and II, New York University, Liberal Studies Program (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)

LCRS G6200 Cultural and Intellectual History of Latin America, Twentieth Century, Columbia University, Department of History/Institute of Latin American Studies (Spring 2013)

C1101-1102 Contemporary Civilization, Columbia University, Core Curriculum (Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010)

HHD-2990 Western Civilization I/II, School of Visual Arts, Humanities and Sciences Department (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

WCIV 102 World Civilizations: 1500 AD to the Present City University of New York-City College (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013)

S4981 Revolution and Radical Politics, From Marx to May ’68, Columbia University, Department of History (Summer 2011)

HIST 101 The Making and Unmaking of European IdentitiesFrom Columbus to Napoleon, Bard College, Department of Historical Studies (Fall 2011)

CH-400 From the Revolutions of 1848 to the Occupy Wall Street Movement (World Civilizations II), Pratt Institute, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies (Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

CH-300 From the Colonization of the Americas to the Haitian Revolution (1492-1804) (World Civilizations I), Pratt Institute, Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

HSS 3 From the French Revolution to the Velvet Revolution, 1789-1989: Modern European History in a Global Context, Cooper Union, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (Fall 2010)

Conference Papers

Rosa’s Afterlives: Revolutionary Legacies in Theory and Practice 
Rosa Remix: New Takes on a Longtime Classic, The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, New York City, August 21-22, 2015

Castrating Mothers, Insubordinate Daughters: A Feminist Reading of Peter Mullan’s The Magdalene Sisters
Seventh Global Meeting, Women and the Feminine, Interdisciplinary Network, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 6-8 2015

Curing Contradiction in the Age of Affluence: Marcuse’s Prescriptions for the Liberation of the Self
The Columbia University Libraries, New York City, September 29, 2014. 

Keep Calm and Carry On: Marcus Aurelius’ Ancient Cures for Modern Ailments
The Association for Core Texts and Courses Annual Conference, Los Angeles, April 10-13, 2014.

Clastres, Abensour, Negri and Rancière: A Major Polyphony in Radical PhilosophyTerceras Jornadas del Archivo General de la Nación, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 17-18, 2013.

From the Shadow of Erudition to the Light of Social Action: Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire on Education as Political Empowerment, The Importance of Liberal Education and Scholarship in Historical Perspective, Princeton University, June 5-7, 2013.

New Perspectives on Radical DemocracyDiscussant, The Third Annual Radical Democracy Conference, The New School for Social Research, March 16, 2013.

Two Gospels of Redemption: Ernesto Guevara and Leonardo Boff in dialogue with Alain Badiou
Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference (LASA), Washington DC, May 29-June, 1 2013.

Herbert Marcuse, Prophet of Economic Collapse 
Public Intellectuals Conference, Harvard University, April 12-14 2012.

Bolaño’s Translation of Camus and Merleau-Ponty: Lost Flâneurs in the Spaces of Savage Detectives
Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University, May 10, 2012. 

Collaborative Initiatives and Projects
Founder and organizer of the postdoctoral research and writing group Theory and Practice: Political Philosophy, Radical Politics and Social Resistance, an initiative funded by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University (;


  • Hybrid Course Redesign and Delivery Grant, Office of the Provost, Columbia University, 2015-16
  • Heyman Center Postdoctoral Working Grant, Office of the Provost, Columbia University, 2012-13
  • Postdoctoral Lectureship in Contemporary Civilization, Columbia Univeristy, 2010-12
  • Columbia University Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2007-08
  • Columbia University Minority Affairs Summer Fellowship, 2007
  • Columbia University Institute for Scholars in Paris Doctoral Fellowship, 2006-07
  • Columbia University History Department Summer Fellowship, 2006
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowship, 2006
  • Sciences Po Paris-Columbia University Alliance Exchange Doctoral Fellowship, 2005-06
  • Reid Hall Summer Fellowship, Paris, 2005
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Fellowship, Berlin, 2004-05
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship, Germany, 2004
  • Teaching Fellow, History Department, Columbia University, 2003-04
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship, France, 2003
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, 2002-03
  • International House, New York City Fellow, 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Selected Publications

(Work in Progress) Furies of Desire: A History of Moral and Political Provocation since the Paris Commune (Cultural History)

(Work in Progress) Castoriadis, Arendt, Abensour, Negri: A Major Polyphony in Radical Democarcy (Political Theory)