P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Gerardo Vildostegui, 2003

Co-director, Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy

Gerardo Vildostegui is the child of immigrants from Cuba

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley

GERARDO VILDOSTEGUI is a PhD candidate in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Jerry was born in Miami to a family originally from Cuba. 

Jerry received his BA in philosophy from Yale University in 1996, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa after his junior year. He received his JD from Yale University in 2000, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. 

After law school, as a Luce Foundation scholar, Jerry worked in Japan at the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism and at the University of Tokyo. He has worked in Puerto Rico helping to write a report on prison conditions, at the Office of the Legal Adviser in the State Department, in Costa Rica at the Center for Justice and International Law, and in Chile working on an exchange with Chilean law students. 

Jerry taught constitutional law, administrative law, and legal philosophy for twelve years. He was an assistant professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, NJ until 2016 when he moved on to New York Law School as a visiting professor. In 2020 and 2021, he worked as an advisor to the Voting Rights and Elections Program and the Brennan Center for Justice.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2000
  • BA Philosophy | Yale University 1996
  • PhD Philosophy | University of California, Berkeley
Work History
  • Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy, Co-director
  • Rutgers Law School, Assistant Professor of Law
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