Dr Camila Vergara

Senior Lecturer
EBS - Management and Marketing
Dr Camila Vergara



Dr. Camila Vergara is a critical legal theorist, historian, and journalist from Chile writing on the relation between inequality and the law, and the possible institutional solutions to systemic corruption. She is Editor of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, Associate Editor of Critical Sociology, and organiser of the the Venice Multidisciplinary World Conference on Republics and Republicanism. She is the author of Systemic Corruption: Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic (Princeton University Press 2020), and her work on constitutional theory, republicanism, corruption, and populism has been featured in leading international journals such as the Journal of Political Philosophy, History of Political Thought, and REVUS: Journal for Constitutional Theory and Philosophy of Law. She is also a global public intellectual —with her articles and interviews featured in outlets such as New Left Review, Jacobin, Politico, Revista Plebeya, and Il Manifesto Inret— and an activist advising and collaborating with grassroots organisations on rights, deliberative democracy, and community-based forms of governance.


  • PhD in Political Theory Columbia University, (2019)

  • MA in Politics New School, (2012)

  • MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies New York University, (2008)

  • BA in History Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, (2004)

  • BA in Journalism & Media Studies Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, (2000)


University of Essex

  • Engagement and Impact Officer, Essex Business School (1/9/2023 - present)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Public Lecture on ‘Anti-Oligarchic Constitutionalism’

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, University of Liverpool Public Law Unit, 5/12/2024

Keynote Speech, 5th Annual Conference SAFI Interdisciplinary Network for Women in Legal Academia

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, University of Glasgow, 10/9/2024

Keynote speaker on 'Eco-Legality'

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Lake Como Summer School in Critical Theory of Society, 7/9/2024

Keynote ‘Plebeian Populism: Extraordinary Politics in the Time of Oligarchy’

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, University of Sussex, 6/3/2024

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional and Academic Development (Management and Marketing) (BE909)

  • Cooperative Management and Marketing � Capstone Module (BE940)


Publications (1)

Vergara, C., (2020). Machiavelli’s Plebeian Constituent Power

Journal articles (11)

Vergara, C., (2022). Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century. By Hélène Landemore. Princeton: Princeton University Press 2020. 272p. $35.00 cloth, $22.95 paper.. Perspectives on Politics. 20 (3), 1059-1061


Vergara, C., (2022). Response to Hélène Landemore’s Review of Systemic Corruption: Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic. Perspectives on Politics. 20 (3), 1064-1064

Vergara, C., (2022). Towards material anti-oligarchic constitutionalism. Revus. 46 (46)

Biale, E., Stein, M., Vergara, C., McKean, B. and Azmanova, A., (2022). Regaining control over precarity. Contemporary Political Theory. 21 (4), 640-666

Vergara, C., (2021). Corruption as systemic political decay. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 47 (3), 322-346

Vergara, C., (2021). ON THE LIMITS OF ELITIST THEORIES OF CONSTITUENT POWER. Etica e Politica. 23 (3), 283-291

Vergara, C., (2020). Populism as Plebeian Politics: Inequality, Domination, and Popular Empowerment. Journal of Political Philosophy. 28 (2), 222-246

Vergara, C., (2020). John P. McCormick, Reading Machiavelli: Scandalous Books, Suspect Engagements, and the Virtue of Populist Politics. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018)Gabriele Pedullà, Machiavelli in Tumult: The Discourses on Livy and the Origins of Political Conflictualism. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018). Constellations. 27 (2), 316-320

Ducange, J-N., Vergara, C., Ahmed, T. and Høgsbjerg, C., (2020). Book Reviews. Theoria. 67 (163), 106-118

Vergara, C., (2020). The plebeian people of populism. Revue européenne des sciences sociales (58-2), 77-96

Books (2)

Vergara, C., (2020). Systemic Corruption Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic. Princeton University Press. 0691211566. 9780691211565

Vergara, C., (2020). República plebeya guía práctica para constituir el poder popular. 9568681574. 9789568681579

Book chapters (9)

Vergara, C., (2024). Lenin, the (un)making of a critical legal theorist. In: LENIN: The Heritage We (Don’t) Renounce. Editors: Joffre-Eichhorn, HJ. and Anderson, P., . Daraja Press. 9781998309047

Vergara, C., (2023). From Chile to New York City: Systemic Corruption and Oligarchic Domination. In: Talking About Global Inequality Personal Experiences and Historical Perspectives. Springer Nature. 139- 145. 3031080424. 9783031080425

Vergara, C., (2023). Introduction to the Anniversary Edition: Legalism and Its Dead Ends. In: Conversations with Allende Socialism in Chile. Verso Books. 1804293334. 9781804293331

Vergara, C., (2023). Lenin and the Materialist Critique of Labor Law. In: The Future of Lenin: Power, Politics, and Revolution in the Twenty-First Century. 1438488068. 9781438488066

Vergara, C., (2022). Democracy to Avert Ecocide. In: How Democracy Survives Global Challenges in the Anthropocene. Editors: Deese, S. and Holm, M., . Routledge. 212- 228. 9781000812893

Vergara, C., (2021). Machiavelli's Republican Constituent Power. In: Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy: New Readings. BRILL. 9004442073. 9789004442078

Vergara, C., (2021). Political Action, Revolutionary Parties and the Transition to a Republic of Councils. In: Rosa Luxemburg Band 2: Nachwirken. 3963172452. 9783963172458

Vergara, C., (2020). Populism: Plebeian Power against Oligarchy. In: Constituent Power Law, Popular Rule and Politics. Edinburgh University Press. 1474454992. 9781474454995

Vergara, C., (2020). Crisis Government: The Populist as Plebeian Dictator. In: Mapping Populism: Approaches and Methods. Routledge. 100004338X. 9781000043389

Grants and funding


Decolonizing International aid through re-imagining structures of partnerships between NGOs in Global South and Global North

University of Essex (Research England - ODA)

+44 (0) 1206 873843


EBS.3.14, Colchester Campus

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