Richard Delgado
John J. Sparkman Chair of Law

Areas of Expertise:
Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Critical Race Theory

Richard Delgado

Professor Richard Delgado received his A.B. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Notes and Comments Editor for the California Law Review.  Before coming to Alabama in 2013, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Colorado, and UCLA.

Author of over one hundred journal articles and twenty books, Delgado’s work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.  His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America, the American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Book, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.  Professor Delgado’s teaching and writing focus on race, the legal profession, and social change.

In his spare time, Delgado enjoys Southern cooking, reading, meeting new people, and classical music.

Selected Publications:

Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (West/Thomson 2015).

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (NYU Press 2012).

The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (NYU Press 2011).

How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds (Duke University Press 2005).

The Rodrigo Chronicles: Conversations about America and Race (NYU Press 1995).


Selected Honors:

Senator Dennis Chavez Endowed Lecture, University of New Mexico, 2014.

Wayne Morse Visiting Distinguished Scholar, University of Oregon, 2008.

Doctor of Laws, LL.D (honoris causa), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City College of New York, May 2007.

Sir George Turner Lectures, University of Melbourne School of Law (Aus.), 1995.

Scholar-in-Residence, Rockefeller Foundation International Study Center, Bellagio Italy, 1993.

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