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Delio Vasquez
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Affiliations Politics Department, Feminist Studies Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 1
  • Office Hours By Appointment
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Research Interests

I work to theorize the political content and force of illegal contestation by the poor over resources---phenomena which are often glossed as crime---across a spectrum ranging from everyday illegalities that people casually engage in, to political contestation between criminal organizations and the state, to illegalist actions taken by explicitly “revolutionary” political actors.  My dissertation 1) analyzes the historical origins of the dual criminalizations of theft and of the migrations of ‘non-productive’ populations in early capitalist 18th and 19th century Europe and the U.S., (2) theorizes the relationship of these conflicts and struggles to traditional notions of political resistance and sovereignty; (3) seeks to offer a reconceptualization of the decline of social movements after the 1970s grounded in a comparative analysis of two particular U.S.-based organizations (the Black Liberation Army/Black Panther Party and the Chicago-based Blackstone Rangers gang); and (4) examines the impact and role of organized and non-organized criminality on the world stage today in light of state responses in the forms of policing, counter-insurgency, and war.

Biography, Education and Training


Selected Publications


Intercommunalism: The Late Theorizations of Huey P. Newton, ‘Chief Theoretician’ of the Black Panther Party.” The Political Thought of Huey P. Newton. Viewpoint Magazine. June 2018. Web.


The Poor Person’s Defense of Riots.” Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism. ed. Cindy Milstein. Edinburgh: AK Press, 2015. Print.


Selected Presentations