Richard Delgado

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Richard Delgado
Nationality American
Education J.D.
Alma mater University of Washington, University of California-Berkeley
Employer University of Alabama School of Law
Known for Critical race theory
Spouse(s) Jean Stefancic

Richard Delgado 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.


Richard Delgado is an American law professor and founder of several schools of legal scholarship, including critical race theory, writings about hate speech, and narrative scholarship and storytelling.

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, including the University of Washington, where he earned an A.B. in philosophy and mathematics, and UC-Berkeley School of Law, where he earned a J.D. and served as an editor of the 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 bibliography[edit]


Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (NYU Press, 2d edition 2012). ISBN 9780814719312

Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (West Group, 2d edition 2008).

"The Coming Race War? And Other Apocalyptic Tales of America after Affirmative Action and Welfare" (New York University Press, 1996)


Rodrigo’s Chronicle, vol. 101 Yale Law Journal 1357 (1992).

Storytelling for Oppositionists and Others: A Plea for Narrative, vol. 87 Michigan Law Review 2411 (1989).

The Imperial Scholar: Reflections on a Review of Civil Rights Literature, vol. 132 Pennsylvania Law Review 561 (1984).

Recent Writing on Law and Happiness, vol. 97 Iowa Law Review 913 (2012).

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