Investigating the role of race and migration in politics and society
Dr. Diego von Vacano, professor and director of the Political Theory Convocation of the Department of Political Science, investigates the role of race and migration in politics and society and the Machiavellian perspective on the modern world.
In his recently published book, “The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity and Latin American/Hispanic Political Thought,” von Vacano addresses the issue of race as an unacknowledged characteristic in traditional political thought. He suggests a solution in the form of comparative political theory, an emerging research method that allows researchers to gain new perceptions of politics by analyzing those of other countries.
“The ideas and problems related to race haven’t been addressed by traditional ‘Western’ political thought and we need to look elsewhere to gain a better understanding,” he said.