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Angélica María Bernal

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science


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Ph.D., Yale University


I specialize on founding and refounding processes, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and social movements in Latin America.  I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of foundations (political, legal, economic, symbolic), the role of popular power and "the people" in enacting and legitimating radical political change, and constituent actions and resistance by excluded and marginalized actors.  My first book titled Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in an Age of Constitutional Democracy​ (Oxford University Press 2017), examined founding and refounding narratives and processes in the history of political thought to develop a non-foundationalist theory of political founding, emphasizing political actors and movements acting in and through precarity and exclusion.  In 2018, it was awarded the First Book Award, Honorable Mention, from the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.   Following on this book, I am working on a new project on indigenous protest and resistance against natural resource extraction and emergent philosophies of anti-extractivism by Indigenous actors and movements in the Americas.  

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Critical Theory; Decolonial Theory; Indigenous Rights and Social Movements in Latin America; Comparative Constitutionalism


  • Political Science