Mauro J. Caraccioli

Mauro J. Caraccioli

Mauro J. Caraccioli

Assistant Professor


503 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Political Science


  • Political Theory
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies/Politics
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Critical Ecology

Professional Activities

  • International Studies Association-Northeast Region Governing Council (2015-2017)


  • PhD, University of Florida (Political Science), 2015
  • MA, Florida International University (International Relations), 2009
  • B.A., Florida International University (Philosophy), 2006

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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)

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Book Chapters

    “The Learned Man of Good Judgment: Nature, Narrative, and Wonder in Jose de Acosta’s Natural Philosophy,” History of Political Thought (forthcoming, 2017).

    “Narratives of Resistance: Space, Place and Identity in Latino Migrant Activism” (published with Bryan Wright), ACME: An International E-journal for Critical Geographies, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2015), pp. 150-157.)

    “Of Cursed States: Contentious Energy Narratives in Contemporary Bolivia,” in Ryan Kiggins (ed), The Political Economy of Rare Earths (Palgrave, 2015).

    “Spatial Structures and the Phenomenology of International National Identity,” International Political Sociology, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2011), pp. 98-101. 

    Sponsored Research

    Research grant, University of Florida, for archival research at the John Carter Brown Library at 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)

    Additional Information

    Currently, Dr. Caraccioli 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.