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Ricardo Vega Leon

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate


Thompson 518


Office Hours: 

Spring 2024: Mondays 1:30-3:30 pm or by appointment


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research and teaching focus on the history of political thought and political economy, the political theory of empire and race, and the transnational politics of slavery and abolition. My work is forthcoming in Theory & Event.

My current research project, tentatively titled Capitalist Abolitionism: Racial Capitalism After the End of Slavery, develops a conception of capitalist abolitionism to explain how the anti-slavery thought and politics of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century liberal political economists reproduced racial capitalism in the post-emancipation contexts of the American South and the British, French, and Spanish Caribbean.