Juan Ignacio Arboleda

I’m interested in studying how people participated in the drafting of political constitutions and how the constitutions transformed the daily life of citizens in Latin America in the last decades of the Twentieth Century. I want to explore the relations and tensions between citizens and institutions during the transition to democracy at the end of the Cold War, highlighting the nuances and connections between different geographic scales. Combining legal, social and cultural history, I seek to understand the struggles for social and cultural recognition, popular political mobilizations, economic reforms and the circulation of constitutional ideas in the region.


M.A., Geography, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

B.A., History, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) 

Research Interests

Latin American History, Twentieth century, social and cultural history, constitutionalism.