Arturo C. Sotomayor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
He currently coordinates
the Program in Latin American Studies at UTSA and is the Academic Coordinator the UTSA Mellon Pathways Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
He is a political scientist and international studies scholar. His research is qualitative, comparative, regional, and includes analysis of public
policy issues, international security matters, and military strategy. It
focuses on three
relatively under-studied areas of research: 1) multilateral
policy, with an emphasis on Latin America’s involvement in United
Nations peacekeeping operations; 2) non-proliferation strategies in
Latin America; and 3) trans-national
security relations in Mexico. The unifying thread that runs through his
and writing is the interaction between studies on civil-military
international security, and research on the conditions and requirements
domestic order and stability in Latin America. The research has involved
fieldwork in South, Central, and North America, as well as the
Sotomayor's publications have appeared in International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Nonproliferation Review, Global Responsibility to Protect (R2P), Security
Studies, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and other edited volumes. His book The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations won the 2015 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award. The book presents a detailed
study of Argentine, Brazilian, and Uruguayan peacekeeping participation,
which uses a decade’s worth of research (2001 to 2010), drawing
upon international socialization theory and civil-military relations to
understand how peacekeeping efforts impact participating armed forces. It provides a novel argument
about how peacekeeping works, and sheds light on how
international factors affect domestic politics as well as how
international institutions affect democratizing efforts.
His most recent edited volume is American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere, a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press and co-edited with Maiah Jaskoski and Harold A. Trinkunas. In it, nine scholars consider the broader context and complicated
modern history of borders in the Western Hemisphere that can produce unexpected
and charged events, such as the migration of children from Central America to the United States. The book examines borders as geopolitical boundaries, key locations for internal security,
spaces for international trade, and areas where national and community identities
Sotomayor has been a team member of collaborative research projects funded by the Minerva Research Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of various research projects funded by the Ford Foundation, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship Program, International Studies Association Venture Research Grant, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Defense Threat Assessment Agency. Before joining UTSA in 2015, Sotomayor taught at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California, from 2009 to 2015; at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), in Mexico City, from 2004 to 2007;
and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center forInter-American Research and Policy (CIPR) at Tulane University (2008) and
public policy scholar in the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson InternationalCenter for Scholars (2008).
Professor Sotomayor teaches courses on Latin American politics, Mexican politics, international security, and Latin America in the world.
He holds a B.A. degree in international relations from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University.