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Gabriel Vergara

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 512


Office Hours: 

Wednesdays, 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM


B.A. (Cornell University)


I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I received my undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University, where I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. My undergraduate honors thesis examined Antonio Gramsci’s political thought to better understand political mobilization and the maintenance of group alliances; to elucidate my analysis, I turned to Fidel Castro as a historical example.

My research interests lie in Marxist political thought (specifically Latin American Marxism), democratic theory, and critical theory. In Marxist political thought, I am interested in Karl Marx’s theory of history and how later interpreters have grappled with this. In democratic theory, I am interested in questions about populism, the people, and the relationship between leader and people. In critical theory, I am interested in Enrique Dussel’s corpus.