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Gabriel Vergara

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 512


Office Hours: 

Tuesdays (12:45 PM to 2:15 PM) and Thursdays (11:30 AM to 1 PM)


B.A. (Cornell University)


I am a third-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 primary area of interest is in Latin American political thought, specifically Latin American Marxism. I am interested in (1) Karl Marx’s theorizations about Latin America and (2) how Latin American Marxists grappled with Marx’s theory of history and engaged with Indigeneity.

Aside from Latin American political thought, I am interested in democratic theory and critical theory. 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.