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Mauro J. Caraccioli

Mauro J. Caraccioli, Assistant Professor

Mauro J. Caraccioli, Assistant Professor
Mauro J. Caraccioli, Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science
503 Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1982 |

Mauro Caraccioli, an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech, is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled: “Of Nature and Other Demons: Missionary Science, New World Narratives, and the Future of Civilization.” This project examines the connections between Spanish Empire and naturalist narratives in Latin America. Specifically, Dr. Caraccioli draws on works of natural history composed by Catholic missionaries that sought to broaden Europeans’ empirical knowledge of the New World as part of a larger moral discourse to guide conquest and colonization. The book offers evidence for the larger claim that the experiences of sixteenth-century Spaniards, alongside their indigenous informants, laid the groundwork for the European Scientific Revolution and hence showcases a greater role for Latin American thought in the Western political canon.

  • Political Theory
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies/Politics
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Critical Ecology
  • PhD, University of Florida (Political Science), 2015
  • MA, Florida International University (International Relations), 2009
  • BA, Florida International University (Philosophy), 2006
  • Core Faculty, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT)
  • Faculty Affiliate: Department of Religion and Culture
  • Faculty Affiliate: Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Associate Faculty Principal, West Ambler Johnston Residential Colleg
  • Cesar Chavez Action and Commitment Award, Florida Education Association (2015)
  • Future Faculty Development Program, Virginia Tech (2014)
  • Linton Grinter Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Florida (2010-2014)

Journal Articles

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “A Problem From Hell: Natural History, Empire, and the Devil in the New World”, in Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 17, No. 4 (November 2018), pp. 473-458.

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “Pedagogies of Freedom: Exile, Courage, and Reflexivity in the Life of Paulo Freire”, in International Studies Perspectives, Vol. 19, No. 1 (February 2018), pp. 27-43 (Reprinted in Bryant William Sculos and Mary Caputi (eds.) Teaching Marx and Critical Theory in the 21st Century, forthcoming, Brill, 2019).

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “The Learned Man of Good Judgment: Nature, Narrative, and Wonder in José de Acosta’s Natural Philosophy”, in History of Political Thought, Vol. 38, No. 1 (January 2017), pp. 44-63.

Mauro J. Caraccioli and Bryan Wright, “Narratives of Resistance: Space, Place, and Identity in Latino Migrant Activism.” In ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Vol. 14, No. 2 (August 2015), pp. 150-157, Special Issue on ‘Migration and Activism’, ed. by Nick Gill and Deirdre Conlon.

Philip E. Steinberg, Elizabeth Nyman, and Mauro J. Caraccioli, “Atlas Swam: Freedom, Capital, and Floating Sovereignties in the Seasteading Vision,” in Antipode, Vol. 44, No. 4 (September 2012), pp. 1532-1550 (Reprinted in Ricarda Vidal and Ingo Cornils (eds.) Alternative Worlds: Blue Sky Thinking Since 1900 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014), pp. 73-104).

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “Spatial Structures and the Phenomenology and of Inter-National Identity,” Forum Contribution: “To The Things Themselves!”…and Back: International Political Sociology and the Challenge of Phenomenology,” in International Political Sociology, Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2011), pp. 98-101.

Book Chapters

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “The Earth’s Dying Body: On the Necro-Economy of Planetary Collapse,” in Caroline Alphin and François Debrix (eds.), Necrogeopolitics: On Death and Death-Making in Global Politics (forthcoming, Routledge, 2019).

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “A Sorrowful Storm: Penitence and Anthropolitics in the Anthropocene,” in Daniel Bertrand Monk and Michael Sorkin (eds.), Between Catastrophe and Revolution: Essays in Honor of Mike Davis (forthcoming, Urban Research Publishing, 2019).

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “A Global Human Condition,” in Annette Freyberg-Inan and Daniel Jacobi (eds.), Human Beings in International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 212-228.

Mauro J. Caraccioli and Aida A. Hozic, “Reflexivity at Disney-U: 11 Theses on Living in IR”, in Jack Amoureux and Brent J. Steele (eds.), Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Practice, and Critique (Routledge, 2015), pp. 142-159.

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “Of Cursed States: Contentious Energy Narratives in Contemporary Bolivia,” in Ryan Kiggins (ed.), The Political Economy of Rare Earths: Rising Powers and Technological Change (Palgrave, 2015), pp. 197-217.

Review Essays

Mauro J. Caraccioli, Introduction to “Roundtable Review of Joshua Simon, The Ideology of Creole Revolution: Imperialism and Independence in American and Latin American Political Thought”, in H-Diplo, Vol. XX, No. 29 (March).


Mauro J. Caraccioli, Review of Kendahl Radcliffe, Jennifer Scott, and Anja Werner (eds.), Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond and Brian D. Behnken, Gregory D. Smithers, Simon Wendt (eds.), Black Intellectual Thought in Modern America: A Historical Perspective, in African and Black Diaspora, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2019), pp. 113-117.

Mauro J. Caraccioli, Review of Laura Ephraim, Who Speaks for Nature? On the Politics of Science, in Perspectives on Politics, Vol 16, No. 4 (2018), pp. 1152-1153.

Mauro J. Caraccioli, “Seeing Black in Latin America”, Review of George Reid Andrews, Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600-2000 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016), in International Studies Review, Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017), pp. 540-542.

  • Niles Research Grant, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Project Title: “Interlingual Relations”, July 2019.
  • Curriculum Globalization Grant, Virginia Tech Global Education Office, New Course Development: “Global Latin America”, April 2019.
  • Catalytic Grant, International Studies Association (ISA), Pre-Conference Workshop (with Einar Wigen, University of Oslo): “Interlingual Relations: Approaches, Conflicts, and Lessons in the Translation of Global Politics”.
  • Faculty Mentoring Grant from Virginia Tech Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, March 2017.
  • Dissertation Research Grant, University of Florida, Project: Archival Research at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University (Summer 2013).
  • Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Alliance Award, NSF-University of Florida’s Office of Graduate Minority Programs (2010-2011)

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