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- Political Theory
- Political Philosophy
- History of Political Thought
- Comparative Political Theory
- Hispanic/Latin American Thought
Dr. von Vacano was the recipient of a 2018 “Texas A&M Chancellor and Board of Regents ‘Nationally and Internationally Recognized Faculty” award.
He is the Editor of the Oxford University Press book series “Studies in Comparative Political Theory.” He was a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University on a Presidential Visiting Fellowship during 2017-2018. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He was also a Member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, NJ, during 2008-2009.
He is the author of The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity and Latin American/Hispanic Political Thought (Oxford University Press, January 2012) and The Art of Power: Machiavelli, Nietzsche and the Making of Aesthetic Political Theory (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, November 2006), as well as of various articles, including a piece on “The Scope of Comparative Political Theory” for the Annual Review of Political Science in 2015.
He received his doctorate in Politics from Princeton University and his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He also studied in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University.
He was born and raised in Bolivia, moving to the US as a political refugee in his youth. As an immigrant in New York City, he learned English at PS 102 in Elmhurst, Queens. He is a frequent contributor to NBC NEWS Latino.
Dr. von Vacano’s teaching and research interests are in political theory, political philosophy and the history of political thought. He works mainly in Comparative Political Theory (modern Latin American and European political thought); Latinx thought; and immigration, race & ethnicity.
Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, Dr. von Vacano served on the faculties of Hunter College CUNY, Vassar College, and Williams College. He was also a Visiting Scholar in Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Professor von Vacano has been the recipient of an NEH faculty grant in Latin American philosophy; the University Center for Human Values Graduate Fellowship at Princeton University; and grants from the Spencer Foundation, Tinker Foundation, and Mellon Foundation as well as from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied Public Policy of Political and Economic Development. When not engaging in political science, he is an avid association football player. He also covers international soccer tournaments and enjoys photography.
- POLS 306 – Immigration and Political Theory
- POLS 362 – Latin American Political Thought
- POLS 454 – Contemporary Political Ideas
- POLS 650 – Normative Political Theory
- POLS 650 – Graduate Seminar in Immigration and Political Theory
- POLS 650 – Machiavellian Political Theory
- POLS 650 – Graduate Seminar in Latin American Political Philosophy
- POLS 674 – Seminar in Race, Ethnicity and American Politics
- POLS 689 – Special Topics
- Donald Trump as Latin American President (Washington Post)
- OpEd on Donald Trump and Latin American Politics (NBC News)
- OpEd on Brazil Protests
- OpEd on Comparative Democratic Theory
- OpEd on Bolivia, Morales and Snowden
- OpEd on Brazil and World Cup revolts
- OpEd on IQ, Hispanic immigration, and race
- OpEd post about Hugo Chavez
- Conference: “Immigration and National Identity: Lessons from/for Political Theory”