Nicolás del Valle Orellana was born on 25 December 1985 in the city of Santiago of Chile. He completed his BA degree in Political Science in 2009 and received an MA in Contemporary Thought in 2011. In both programs, he graduated with First Class Honors, High Distinctions, and Best Qualifications. As part of his graduate studies, he carried out a research stay in Sociology at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin in 2010 and 2011. Thereafter he holds a PhD in Philosophy from Leiden University, Netherlands, with a dissertation on the early critical theory of Frankfurt School. In Chile, he served as Executive Director and Associate Researcher of the Center for Political Analysis and Research, as well as Academic Coordinator of the Globalization and Democracy Chair at Diego Portales University. Also, he was Visiting Fellow at the School of Languages and Humanities at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in 2014-2015, and Visiting Researcher at the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, Germany, in 2015- 2017.
He has published the books “La actualidad de la crítica. Ensayos sobre la Escuela de Fráncfort” (Metales Pesados: Santiago of Chile, 2015), “Transformaciones de la esfera pública en el Chile neoliberal” (RIL Press: Santiago of Chile, 2018) and “Golpes a la memoria. Escritos sobre la posdictadura chilena” (TEGE: Barcelona Spain, 2019). Currently, he is Director of the academic publication Pléyade. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, and works as Associate Program Coordinator at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. His current research is in politics and critical theory, focused on cultural memories, arts education, public sphere and emancipatory politics.