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Delio Vasquez

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow

B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2007
M.A. Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012
Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2020

Delio Vásquez’s interests are in political theory, philosophy, and US social movements. His current research concerns theories of illegal politics produced during early modernity and the 1970s, their relationship to processes of decolonization, and the political import of these practices among the poor today. He has published writing on the Black Panther Party’s analysis of globalization (intercommunalism) and on the riots of the Black Lives Matter movement, among other topics; his most recent essay, “Illegalist Foucault, Criminal Foucault,” will be published with Theory and Event in 2020. He is currently working on two book projects: one on Michel Foucault's theory of illegalisms and the other on the philosophical oeuvre of Huey P. Newton. Prior to joining NYU, he taught courses with the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison, at the University of California Santa Cruz, and to inner-city students in New York City.

Teaching and Research Interests

modern political theory; urban social movements and intellectual histories of the 1970s; Afro-diasporic decolonization and Black radicalisms; philosophical skepticism; empiricisms; phenomenology and affect; language

Delio Vasquez