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Richard Delgado

Richard Delgado (born October 6, 1939)[1] teaches civil rights and critical race theory at University of Alabama School of Law. He has written and co-authored numerous articles and books, many with his wife Jean Stefancic. He is a founder of the critical race theory school of legal scholarship, and is also notable for his scholarship on hate speech, and for introducing storytelling into legal scholarship.

Richard Delgado
Born (1939-10-06) October 6, 1939 (age 78)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Washington
UC Berkeley School of Law
Employer University of Alabama
Known for Critical race theory
Spouse(s) Jean Stefancic



The son of a Mexican American father who immigrated to the United States as an orphan at the age of 15, Delgado grew up in a migratory household and attended public schools as a child. He earned an A.B. in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Washington, and then attended the UC-Berkeley School of Law, where he earned a J.D. and served as an editor of the California Law Review.

He currently teaches at University of Alabama School of Law, where he holds the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law and teaches courses in race and civil rights. Earlier, he taught at UCLA Law School for eight years and the University of Colorado for 14.

A prolific scholar whose works have appeared in top law reviews and presses and received numerous national awards, Delgado is an amateur cloud-watcher, retired track athlete, and fiction writer.

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Delgado, Richard; Lederer, Laura (1995). The Price we pay: the case against racist speech, hate propaganda, and pornography. New York: Hill and Wang. ISBN 9780809015771. 
  • Delgado, Richard (1995). The Rodrigo chronicles: conversations about America and race. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814718636. 
  • Delgado, Richard (1996). The coming race war?: and other apocalyptic tales of America after affirmative action and welfare. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814718773. 
  • Delgado, Richard; Stefancic, Jean (1997). Must we defend Nazis? hate speech, pornography, and the new First Amendment. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780585346793. 
  • Delgado, Richard; Stefancic, Jean (1997). Critical white studies: looking behind the mirror. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 9781566395328. 
  • Delgado, Richard (1999). When equality ends: stories about race and resistance. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 9780813335780. 
  • Delgado, Richard; Harris, Angela P.; Stefancic, Jean; Perea, Juan F.; Wildman, Stephanie M. (2000). Race and races: cases and resources for a diverse America (2nd ed.). St. Paul, Minnesota: West Group. ISBN 9780314227096. 
  • Delgado, Richard; Stefancic, Jean (2004). Understanding words that wound. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 9780813341392. 
  • Delgado, Richard (2005). Justice at war: civil liberties and civil rights during times of crisis. New York City, New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814719565. 
  • Delgado, Richard; Stefancic, Jean (2011). The Latino/a condition: a critical reader (2nd ed.). New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814720400. 
  • Delgado, Richard (2012). Critical race theory an introduction (2nd ed.). New York: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814721353. 

Journal articlesEdit


  1. ^ "Delgado, Richard". Library of Congress. Retrieved September 9, 2014. (Richard Delgado) data sheet (b. 10-06-39) 

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