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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Ines ValdezAssistant Professor
Political Science
2072 Derby Hall
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B.A., Economics, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998)
M.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2004)
Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2011)

Inés Valdez is a political theorist and an assistant professor of political science at The Ohio State University, affiliated with the departments of Comparative Studies, Germanic Languages & Literature, Latina/o Studies, and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her research agenda is centered on the problem of racial, gender, and religious difference within political theory. Questions that animate Her research include: How is difference constructed politically? What are its effects on democratic politics? How does attending to difference require us to conceptualize basic concepts of political theory — including freedom, democracy, and cosmopolitanism — differently?

Valdez addresses this core concern through two main projects. The first project looks at different normative dimensions of the political theory of immigration with particular attention to the cases of the United States and France. A second project considers how structures of domination built upon a hierarchy of races condition cosmopolitan projects through a joint reading of Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant and U.S. black intellectual W.E.B. DuBois.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
Professional Website
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Mershon Projects
Migration and Global Justice Workshop (2014-16)