Miguelángel Verde Garrido is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Global Politics of the Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy (2004) from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, where he wrote a thesis that connected the philosophy of communicative action of Jürgen Habermas with the philosophy of pure experience of Nishida Kitarō, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. José Luis Da Silva.
He obtained his Master's degree in Political Science and Political Philosophy (2009) from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, where he researched and studied after being granted a scholarship for research and postgraduate studies by the Ministry of Education of Japan and the Japanese Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.
While at Kyoto University, he was privileged to research under the guidance of some of Japan's finest academics. With the direction of Prof. Dr. Fujita Masakatsu (History of Japanese Philosophy Department in the Graduate School of Letters), he researched Japanese religious and political philosophy (2005-2006).
Prof. Dr. Ohsawa Masachi (Studies on Contemporary Civilizations Department at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies) supervised his Master's studies and his research on Japanese fascism and ultranationalism and the country's transitional and contemporary democratization (2006-2009). Encouraged by Prof. Dr. Ohsawa's counsel, he wrote his Master's thesis on the illiberal policies and practices of liberal democratic states, analyzing contemporary sociopolitical events through the theories of Maruyama Masao, Immanuel Wallerstein, Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, among other thinkers of note.
With the direction of Prof. Dr. Ohsawa and of Prof. Dr. Taga Shigeru (Human and Socio-Cultural Studies Department, also in the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies), he researched Michel Foucault's late lectures at the College de France (2009-2010). These readings and discussions have become a keystone of his PhD dissertation.
His doctoral supervisor is Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig of the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at the Freie Universität Berlin. His major research interests are political philosophy, security and surveillance studies, and the socio-political consequences of the vastly accelerated development of information and communications technologies in a global context.
For more information on his publications and academic research, check his Academia.edu and LinkedIn profiles and his Twitter account: @M_Verde.