Dr. Brian Lovato is a visiting assistant professor at Augustana College with experience in teaching, research, and labor organizing. His research focuses on social movements, identity politics, and critical Marxist theory. His first book, Democracy, Dialectics, and Difference, was released by Routledge in 2016 and argues for a renewal of the Marxist tradition grounded in radical democracy and Hegelian thought. His current research in the area of comparative political theory argues that all liberalism is racial liberalism and that no attempts to salvage its universalist core can successfully generate an anti-racist politics. He turns to the Black Radical Tradition and theorist-practitioners of decolonization in order to propose an alternative. Articles on this and other subjects have been published in or are forthcoming in PS, Rethinking Marxism, The Review Journal of Political Philosophy, and Political Parties, Interest Groups and Organizations that Shaped America: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection. As a founding editor of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics, he has worked to publish scholarship that bridges the divide between academic and activist scholars. He plans on using the resources provided by the Latino Scholarship Fund to attend the Latino Caucus meetings, panels and events at the 2018 meeting of the American Political Science Association.