Santiago Zabala is an EU citizen born in 1975. He was raised in Rome, Vienna, and Geneva. He first studied philosophy at the University of Turin where in 2002 he obtained his M.A. (with a thesis under the supervision of Gianni Vattimo) and in 2006 his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.In November 2007 he was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship by Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the years 2008/2009 at the University of Potsdam. After spending the spring semester of 2010 as a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, Zabala has been appointed ICREA Research Professor (with tenure), first, at the University of Barcelona and, as of 2015, at the Pompeu Fabra University, where he currently teaches  contemporary and political philosophy, supervises MA and Ph.D. theses and directs the UPF Center for Vattimo’s Archives and Philosophy. "In addition to his extensive speaking schedule at conferences, festivals, and art Biennales, Zabala is also visiting professor at Renmin University, East China Normal University, and several other international institutions."

He is the author of The Remains of Being (2009), The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy (2008), and co-author with G. Vattimo of Hermeneutic Communism (2011). He edited G. Vattimo’s Art’s Claim to Truth (2008) and Nihilism and Emancipation (2004), Richard Rorty and G. Vattimo's The Future of Religion (2005), and Weakening Philosophy (2007) with contributions from Umberto Eco, Jean-Luc Nancy, and many other others renown thinkers. With Jeff Malpas he has co-edited Consequences of Hermeneutics: Fifty Years after Truth and Method (2010) and with M. Marder Being Shaken: Ontology and the Event (Palgrave, 2014). His forthcoming authored books are Why Only Art Can Save Us. Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (2017) and Being at Large: The Philosophical Foundations of Freedom (2018). All the available translations of these books are listed in the “Publications” page.

Zabala writes articles, reviews, and essays for newspapers ("New York Times", "The Guardian", "Al Jazeera", "El Pais", "La Stampa"), magazines ("Los Angeles Review of Books""The New Statesman", "Boston Review",  "Public Seminar," "Claves de Razón Práctica""La Maleta de Portbou"and philosophical Journals ("Philosophy Today", the "International Journal of Philosophical Studies""Journal of the History of Philosophy""Common Knowledge""Telos", " "Political Theology"). Zabala is also the editor of the Bellaterra Publishers Series on "Political Philosophy", and co-editor (with G. Vattimo) of the Davies Group Publisher Series on "Contemporary European Cultural Studies".