Profile: Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
  • Units

    I am a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Currently, I am also a faculty affiliate in the Program in Critical Theory and the Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, and have an affiliation with the interdisciplinary research network Antropolí­tica, which is based at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. 

  • Education

    Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2004

    B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Pedras, 1997

  • Publications

    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “The Antinomies of Violence and Catastrophe: Orders, Structures and Agents,” New Political Science 34 (June 2012): 211-221


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Democracy Today: Four Maxims,” Theory and Event 13:2 (June 2010)


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Minima Humana: Adorno, Exile, and the Dialectic,” Telos 149 (Winter 2009): 105-125


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Universal History Disavowed: On Critical Theory and Postcolonialism,” Postcolonial Studies 11: 4 (December 2008): 451-473


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Liberal Democracy and Neoliberalism: A Critical Juxtaposition,” New Political Science 30: 2 (June 2008): 127-159


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Responsibility, Violence, and Catastrophe,” Constellations 15:1 (March 2008): 98-125


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Re-cognizing Recognition: A Commentary on Patchen Markell’s Bound by Recognition,” Polity 38:1 (January 2006): 4-12


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “El nuevo imperialismo norteamericano,” Historia y Sociedad 25 (2004): 85-107


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Agonized Liberalism: The Liberal Theory of William E. Connolly,” Radical Philosophy 127 (September/October 2004): 8-19


    Review Essays

    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y. (co-authored with Jennifer Duprey), “Binding Violence, or the Valences of Political Power,” The Minnesota Review 78 (2012): 95-103


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Inverted Totalitarianism,” Telos 156 (Fall 2011): 167-177


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Utopia: A Critical Archaism or an Ideological Anachronism?,” Political Theory 36:2 (April 2008): 321-332


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Agamben, Derrida, and the Genres of Political Theory,” Theory & Event 8:1 (2005)


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Recasting the Left at the End of History,” Polity 34:3 (Summer 2002): 553-569


    Book Reviews

    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., Review of Kimberly A. Hudson, Justice, Intervention, and Force in International Relations (Routledge, 2009) in Perspectives on Politics 8 (December 2010): 1193-1195


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., Review of Fernando Mires, El imperialismo norteamericano no existe y otros ensayos (Ediciones Vertigo, 2004) in Disonante 1 (2005)


    Other Publications

    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “Francisco Fernández Buey: un pensador poliético,” Los archivos del Mandril (, 2 de septiembre de 2012

    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., Regular Column: “El diario de Clov,” Antena PR, August 2011- December 2011


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “El asesinato de Bin Laden y la hegemonía imperial norteamericana,” 80grados (, 13 de mayo de 2011


    Vázquez-Arroyo, Antonio Y., “‘The Lie that Empire Tells Itself’: Notes on Torture,” Filos 3 (2006)

  • Awards

    McMillan Travel Fund, University of Minnesota (Fall 2009, Spring 2011)


    National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, “German Exile Culture in California,” Stanford University (Summer 2007)


    Ronald N. McNair Scholarship for Minority Students, Universidad de Puerto Rico (1996-97)


    American Political Science Association Minority Fellow (1996)

  • Expertise


    My areas of teaching and research interest are interdisciplinary and mostly engage with contemporary political questions, albeit always in reference to the history of political thought broadly understood. I have written on Theodor W. Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, Simone Weil, Sheldon S. Wolin, democracy, liberalism and neoliberalism, political responsibility, universal history, the intersections between catastrophes, violence, and political life, and US imperialism, among others themes. My recent work is mostly located at the intersections of the tradition of critical theory and the dialectical legacy in the twentieth century. Currently, I am finishing a book tentatively titled Scenes of Responsibility: Responding to Power and Suffering in the Age of Depoliticized Politics. At the moment, I am also working on two additional book-length manuscripts: the first explores different modalities of catastrophe and how these intersect with contemporary political life; the second project offers a sustained engagement with the dialectical legacy, especially with the writings of Theodor W. Adorno and Fredric Jameson, in order to think not only about the political and critical import of dialectical thinking today, but also its relevance to conceptualize ideas of universal history, utopia, realism, and enlightenment. My essays and reviews have appeared in Constellations, Disonante, Filos, Historia y Sociedad, New Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, Polity, Postcolonial Studies, Radical Philosophy, Telos, and Theory & Event.