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John D. Márquez

Associate Professor of African American and Latino/a Studies; Director of Graduate Admissions, Department of African American Studies

Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, University of California-San Diego
M.A. in Ethnic Studies, University of California-San Diego
M.A. in Black Studies, University of Texas at El Paso
B.A. in History-Sociology-Philosophy, University of Texas at El Paso

Interests and Specializations

Critical Race/Ethnic Studies
Marxist and Anarchist Studies
The 3rd World Left and 3rd World Studies
Carceral Studies
Settler Colonial Studies
Postcolonial Studies
Abolitionism, Fugitivity, and Marronage
Social Movement Histories and Theories
Black Political Thought
Brown Political Thought
Expressive Cultures (music, fashion, visual art)
Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x Studies
The U.S. South
Nde Thought


I am an interdisciplinary Race/Ethnic Studies scholar by training and practice. My scholarship aims to unsettle the ethics and politics of liberal reform by illuminating when, where, and why abolitionist thought and praxis are manifested within radical critiques of white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism. I map such fugitive departures across a diverse discursive terrain that includes: grass-roots organizing, music, poetry, visual aesthetics, novelists, the story-telling of everyday people, and street gang formations. Much of my work is situated within the conjuncture of neoliberalism (post-Fordism) and the advent of hyper-carceralism, militarism, multiculturalism, and de-industrialization. My publications tend to focus on how neoliberal adjustment (ethical and structural) imperils Black and Brown life in the U.S., how these conditions are connected to imperiled lives beyond U.S. borders, and how inter-group and trans-national solidarities and coalitions are either formed or impeded amongst those who are most harmed by these conditions. As Race/Ethnic Studies is the offspring of Third World Studies and as Third World Studies was intended as the political education component of the U.S. Third World left, my work is enlivened by and hopes to enliven social movements that transpire outside of academe. Some movements comprise communal and often radical efforts to survive or live on while others comprise an insurgent imagining of freedom and other possible worlds. My work has been supported by homies, comrades, and compas and also by fellowships at the Newberry Library, Yale University’s Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and by Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Science. A founding member of the Critical Ethnic Association’s (CESA) Working Group, I was also the founding Co-Editor of the award-winning journal, Critical Ethnic Studies. My essays/articles on political theory, the law, social movements, and expressive cultures have been published in journals such as: South Atlantic Quarterly, American Quarterly, Subjectivity, and Latino Studies, as chapters in a variety of edited volumes, or in journalism sites such as The Grio,, and the Houston Chronicle. I’ve made appearances on CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly news as a political pundit. I play rhythm guitar and Afro-Latinx percussion and am a vocalist in a few reggae and Afro-Latin collectives. I am also a youth futbol/soccer and basketball coach.


Black-Brown Solidarity: Racial Politics in the New Gulf South (University of Texas at Austin, 2013)

Genocidal Democracy: Neoliberalism, Mass Incarceration and the Politics of Urban Gun Violence (New York & London: Routledge, Law and the Postcolonial Series, 2020).

Forthcoming Book Projects

A Black Radical History of Houston

Brown Dread: Reggae and Rastafarianism in the Borderlands

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