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Delio Vasquez

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
616 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Tuesday 3:30-4:30

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 holds a PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California Santa Cruz with concentrations in Politics and Feminist Studies, an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and a BA from the University of Chicago. He has also held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University and has taught with the San Quentin Prison University Project at Mount Tamalpais College. His research combines modern political theory, Black Studies, and decolonial thought to examine how our modern idea of the criminal developed through colonial racial capitalism, how it has been contested by twentieth century social movements, and how it has affected our capacity under modernity to empathize with the experiences and suffering of the poor. He is working on a book project on the limits of the concepts of war and sovereignty for understanding social crime. Delio was born and raised in the Bronx.

Teaching and Research Interests

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