Humberto Ballesteros is a Colombian writer and Dante scholar. He obtained a Ph.D. in Italian from Columbia University in 2015, and before coming to Hostos he worked as a Core Faculty Fellow at Columbia. The focus of his research is the philosophical underpinnings of Dante's poetry. He is the commentator and academic advisor for a new critical edition of Dante's Commedia, translated by Professors Jerónimo Pizarro (Los Andes University) and Norman Valencia (Claremont McKenna College), the first volume of which won a grant for new independent editorial projects and was published in Bogotá in 2019. Parallel to his scholarly efforts, Ballesteros is an award-winning author of fiction in his native Spanish. In 2018, "Juego de memoria" was shortlisted for the Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana prize, and in 2010 he received the "Ciudad de Bogotá" National Award for "Razones para destruir una ciudad".


  • Ph.D. in Italian, Columbia University


Medieval Italian literature, Dante studies, Latin American literature, creative writing, language pedagogy.


  • BALLESTEROS, Humberto. "Diario de a bordo de un niño astronauta". Bogotá: Tusquets Editores, 2019. 
  • ALIGHIERI, Dante. "Infierno". Introducción, ensayos y notas de Humberto Ballesteros. Traducción de Jerónimo Pizarro y Norman Valencia. Bogotá: Ediciones Milserifas, 2019.
  • BALLESTEROS, Humberto. "Juego de memoria". Bogotá: Tusquets Editores, 2017.
  • BALLESTEROS, Humberto. "Cuaderno de entomología". Bogotá: Animal Extinto editores, 2017.
  • BALLESTEROS, Humberto. "Razones para destruir una ciudad". Bogotá: Alfaguara, 2012.