Diego von Vacano, Ph.D.
Author. Political Theorist. Political Consultant and Commentator.
& Global Football Analyst.
Born in Bolivia. Currently Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University.
Working on populism, democracy, and caudillo politics in the Americas, North And South.
I have a passion for trying to understand the vicissitudes of politics ever since I left Bolivia as a political refugee in my youth. This led me to Princeton University for my doctoral studies, by way of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Wesleyan University and Deep Springs College, where i first encountered the Great Authors of the Western Political Canon. My admiration for them continues, while I seek to expand Political Theory into non-Western areas. Comparative Political Theory is, in my view, the wave of the future if we are to truly understand politics.
New York Times Op-Ed
Sept 9 2020
The People's Hero Between Democracy and Populism
(Oxford University Press)
TBD: January 207, 2021
I am happy to announce that I am currently working on a book on the centrality of caudillo or strongman politics in the Americas. Using a Machiavelli-inspired framework and Latin American political thought, I argue that democracy cannot extricate itself from so-called populist forms of leadership. The American caudillo, all across the Americas, uses performance and personalism to acquire, maintain, and expand power. Sometimes for good, sometimes for ill. Populism is not an ideology, nor is it always anti-democratic. The USA can learn a lot from Latin American cases of caudillismo, especially now that Trump and Sanders are reshaping US politics.
It has gradually become clear to me what every great philosophy up till now has consisted of – namely, the confession of its originator, and a species of involuntary and unconscious autobiography; and moreover that the moral (or immoral) purpose in every philosophy has constituted the true vital germ out of which the entire plant has always grown
Are you looking for the next great book to read? Have a look at a few titles recently released below. Since I first began my career as a professional writer, I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on and published several books which I’m always happy to share with readers. Contact me for more information and to purchase your copies today.
(Oxford University Press, 2018)
Check out my latest published book. After spending countless hours working up to its release, I’m proud to announce that it’s finally ready. Creative, innovative, and filled with excitement, RECONSIDERING RACE is the next book for you. If you liked my previous titles I guarantee you’ll love this one as well. It is on the overlap of genomics and social science of race.
THE COLOR OF CITIZENSHIP
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
I am extremely proud and honored to share my latest page turner with you. My close friends, family, and of course my publisher know how much work was put into getting this book ready for release and publication. I’m so excited to finally share THE COLOR OF CITIZENSHIP with a wider audience and hope you enjoy it. The book examines the role of race in (un)making citizenship.
THE ART OF POWER
(Lexington Books/Rowman, 2006)
I’ve been working on this latest release for quite some time now, and can’t wait for you to read it. This book first started out as a dissertation, but soon turned into a fascinating undertaking which I couldn’t stop thinking about or writing. Get in touch to order your copy of THE ART OF POWER today and let me know what you think. it is about the aesthetics of politics.
EVO MORALES EXPERIMENT
With ARTURO VON VACANO
I’ve been working on this latest release for quite some time now, and can’t wait for you to read it. This book first started out as a side project, but soon turned into a fascinating undertaking which I couldn’t stop thinking about or writing. Get in touch to order your copy today and let me know what you think. It is about EVO MORALES in Bolivia.
In honor of my father Arturo
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch about these or any of my other book titles.
BOOKS ON AMAZON
I’ve been a Texas-based Author since 2005. With a longstanding interest in a wide variety of topics, I’ve built an extensive portfolio and have become a leading voice in the writing world. I regularly contribute stories to a number of different publications and websites, and enjoy spending time developing my ideas into books, essays, photography, and other literary channels.
Globalization and World Football
January 20, 2020
I also work on international football (soccer) owing to my interest in globalization and journalism since 1990.
I write, report, and do photographic work for international tournaments.
I also organize the Yale and Princeton Soccer Conferences.
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Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843