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Richard Delgado

Class of 2015-16

Richard Delgado
Richard Delgado

The University of Alabama School of Law
Gustavus Myers Awards for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America (6)
American Library Association, Choice Outstanding Academic Book

Widely acknowledged as a founder of critical race theory, Richard Delgado has fundamentally altered how scholars analyze the social and legal construction of race.

His worldwide pioneering work on legal narratives and counternarratives, affirmative action, and hate speech has influenced the study of race and society in several disciplines, including education, sociology, and political science.

Delgado earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Washington. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he earned a J.D. in 1974 while serving as the Notes & Comments editor of the California Law Review.

Currently the holder of the John J. Sparkman Chair at the University of Alabama School of Law, Delgado has taught law at the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Davis; the University of Wisconsin; the University of Colorado; and the University of Pittsburgh. Delgado’s interests include immigration law, legal change, Latino critical legal scholarship, legal narratives and literature, and civil rights.

Among the most influential legal scholars in the United States with more than 5,200 citations, Delgado is also one of the most productive. The Lindgren–Seltzer survey listed him as the number-one legal scholar in the United States in articles published in the top-ten and top-twenty law reviews. Another study placed Storytelling for Oppositionists and Others: A Plea for Narrative, 87 U. Mich. L. Rev. 2411 (1989) as the sixty-eighth-most-cited law review article of all time. A recent survey listed Delgado among the thirty most significant constitutional law professors in the United States. His work has been cited in important law reform cases by several higher courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and been reviewed in the New York TimesThe Nation, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Delgado has received six Gustavus Myers Awards for Outstanding Books on Human Rights in North America as well as a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. He won the American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award in 1997, won the Thomas Jefferson Faculty Award from the University of Colorado System in 2002, and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York).

Author of twenty-eight books and nearly 200 articles, Delgado served as the Wayne Morse Distinguished Scholar at the University of Oregon and received the Derrick Bell Legacy Award from the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, among other recognitions.

As a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Delgado will collaborate with faculty and students at the Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth. He also plans to visit the College Station campus, where he will work with faculty and graduate students in education and liberal arts.

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