Graduate Directory

Delio Vasquez

TitlePhd Candidate
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory of Consciousness Department,
Politics Department,
Feminist Studies Department
Web Site Curriculum Vitae
OfficeHumanities 432
Campus Mail StopHistory Of Consciousness
Delio Vasquez

Research Interests

I study forms of political resistance among the poor that are designated as criminal (eg. clandestine theft in the workplace, welfare fraud, gang activity, riots, and revolutionary crime) and serve materially and affectively to maintain the well-being of the population in question---as opposed to forms of resistance that function primarily as forms of protest.  Engaging with the limits of modern and statist theories of political resistance and contestation, I draw from history and Marxist political economy, security studies, contemporary psychology, philosophical approaches to empiricism, feminist epistemology, Foucauldian theory, and anarchist theory to examine the ways that people ideologically and psychologically process their relationship to their own illegal activities.  My subjects of study include welfare fraud as engaged in by poor women, youth gangs in Chicago and elsewhere, and the Black Liberation Army/Black Panther Party.  My work draws from political history and political present but is primarily theoretical, as my aim is to reinterpret these events and especially the frames of thought that engender them with the ultimate goal of trying to lend a sympathetic ear to their political value.

Biography, Education and Training


Selected Publications

The Poor Person’s Defense of Riots." Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism.  Ed. Cindy Milstein. 2015.

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Selected Presentations