Jesús A. Rodríguez is a writer and lawyer in Washington, D.C.


I’m interested in the law’s ability to order and disorder people’s lives. Right now, I’m a staff writer at Politico Magazine, where I cover politics, the law, and democracy. Previously, I published the magazine’s first article in Spanish and have reported on everything from the migrant caravan’s democracy to Kamala Harris’ decision to become a prosecutor. My writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, Vox, and elsewhere. I’m an alumnus of the Periplus Collective

In 2022, I won Roxane Gay’s inaugural Joel Gay Creative Fellowship, through which I also publish Alienhood, a newsletter about politics and the lives of undocumented immigrants.

I have a law degree from Georgetown, where I was a Global Law Scholar and the senior articles editor of volume 110 of the Georgetown Law Journal. I have contributed academic research to a report exposing the use of utility data in immigration enforcement and a Supreme Court brief on the threat of armed militias to democracy.



Originally from Venezuela, I grew up in Orlando, Fla., and studied international politics at Georgetown University. I speak English, Spanish, French, German, and some Portuguese. 

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