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Delio Vasquez

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
(212) 998-9163
1 Wash Pl, Room 413

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 is a scholar of political theory, philosophy, Black Studies, and social movement history. He is concerned with the political meaning of everyday crime, illegal and criminalized social movements of the early modern period and the late 20th century, and the lived experience of the poor. His broader concern is how life under state society and contemporary colonial conditions shapes how we experience the suffering of others. He has published on Michel Foucault’s theory of popular law-breaking (illegalisms), the Black Panther Party’s early analysis of globalization (intercommunalism), in defense of the riots of the Black Lives Matter movement, the limits of communication in the modern University, and more. He is working on two book projects: one on Foucault's theory of illegal politics and the other on the philosophical works of Huey P. Newton. Prior to joining NYU, he taught with the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison and to inner-city students in New York City. He acquired his doctorate from University of California, Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness with concentrations in Politics and Feminist Studies, and he hails from the Bronx, NY.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Recent News

Delio Vasquez published “Illegalist Foucault, Criminal Foucault” in the October 2020 issue of Theory and Event.  

Vasquez was awarded the NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020-2022 at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.


Delio Vasquez delivered the paper “‘The Rock of Reason:’ Huey P. Newton on Existentialism and the Limits of Western Thought” at the virtual conference of the African American Intellectual History Society in March 2021.

Vasquez delivered “The Construction of the Modern Criminal through the Imposition of the Discourse of Sovereignty” at the American Political Science Association held in San Francisco in September of 2020.

Vasquez was invited to give “Between Black Fugitivity and Revolutionary Intercommunalism: The Structured Vehicle of the Black Panther Party,” a conversation with Gianpaolo Baiocchi at the Urban Democracy Lab in February 2021.

Delio Vasquez