Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Undergraduate Alumni Spotlight: Juan Basadre


Juan Basadre, alumnus of the undergraduate history program, is currently a second year law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he received a full ride to pursue his J.D. While at Cardozo, Basadre is working in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, where he has participated in a number of cases ranging from large immigration visa frauds to individual clients’ immigration proceedings. “Especially in this political climate,” says Juan,  “it’s exciting to feel like I can do something about some of the injustice occurring in the immigration system.” Juan is also a member of Cardozo’s Public Service Scholars program and recently completed an internship at the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice, where he worked in the Manhattan family court.

While at Loyola, Juan’s research with the History Department earned him a highly competitive Provost Fellowship. Working under the supervision of Dr. Leslie Dossey, Juan explored how culture affects sleep, specifically by reconstructing the daily life of the ancient Romans. He presented his research, "Cut Short the Night: Use Some of It for the Day's Business: An Examination of Cultural Processes on Sleep Patterns in Imperial Rome,” in numerous venues, including the 2014 Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium during Loyola’s annual Weekend of Excellence. While completing his undergraduate work, Juan also found time to complete a second major in Anthropology/Sociology, work with Loyola’s Special Collections on a digital exhibit, and play on the club football team.

Of his current pursuits, Juan reports that “Law school is certainly challenging but exceptionally rewarding when concepts or cases finally ‘click.’ I am very happy with my decision thus far.”