Salvador Santino Regilme (born 1986) is a tenured Associate Professor of International Relations (Universitair hoofddocent) based at the Institute of History at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Born in the Philippines and educated in Germany and the United States, he is a Dutch scholar focusing on international human rights norms, North-South relations, global security issues, and contemporary United States foreign policy. At Leiden University, he serves as the Chair of the MA in International Relations Program, which is one of Europe's largest and most distinctive humanities-based and transdisciplinary programs in the field.
He is the author of Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2021), which received several accolades, including the 2023 Cecil B. Currey Book Award from the Association of Global South Studies and 2024 Best Book in Human Rights - Honorable Mention from the International Studies Association.
He is the sole editor of Children's Rights in Crisis: Multidisciplinary, Transnational, and Comparative Perspectives (Manchester University Press, 2024) and The United States and China in the Era of Global Transformations: Geographies of Rivalry (Bristol University Press, 2024). He is the principal co-editor of Human Rights at Risk: Global Governance, American Power, and the Future of Dignity (Rutgers University Press, 2022) and American Hegemony and the Rise of Emerging Powers (Routledge, 2018). He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in established journals in the social sciences and humanities, peer-reviewed book chapters, and numerous book review articles and op-ed pieces. His forthcoming book focuses on the global normative order of narcotic drug regulations, focusing on the impact of global militarism on human rights of minoritized communities.
Previously, he worked as a Käte Hamburger Fellow on global cooperation based in Germany (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), as a Fox International Fellow at the MacMillan Center for Area and International Studies at Yale University, and he briefly held a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, USA. He was also a visiting researcher at the Comparative Constitutionalism Group of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. He is the recipient of 2022 Individual Fellowship from the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Amsterdam. He completed his joint PhD in political science and North American studies (2015) from the Freie Universität Berlin, with a Fox Fellowship at Yale University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he received his MA political science degree with a DAAD Helmut-Schmidt (formerly Public Policy and Good Governance) scholarship at the Universität Osnabrück and German language diploma from Göttingen.
His scholarship has won accolades from some of the world's leading academic societies from his field: 2023 Cecil B. Currey Book Award from the Association of Global South Studies, 2024 Best Scholarly Book in Human Rights - Honorable Mention from the International Studies Association, 2019 Inaugural Winner of the Best Conference Paper Award for the Asia-Pacific of the International Studies Association, for his paper on the international human rights regime and the Trump administration and 2022 Honorable Mention for the Best Scholarly Article Award in Human Rights from American Sociological Association for his paper on the global war on drugs in Colombia and the Philippines.