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Associate Professor,
University of Texas at San Antonio


Areas of Expertise
BRICS and Emerging Markets, Comparative Politics, Diplomacy, Disarmament, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Affairs, International Organizations, Organized Crime, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Regional Specialization, United Nations

Region of Focus
Latin America and the Caribbean

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 of the UTSA Mellon Pathways Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Professor Sotomayor’s research focuses on multilateral policy, with an emphasis on Latin America’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping operations; non-proliferation strategies in Latin America; and trans-national security relations in Mexico. The unifying thread that runs through his research and writing is the interaction between studies on civil-military relations and international security, and research on the conditions and requirements for domestic order and stability in Latin America. The research has involved fieldwork in South, Central, and North America, as well as the Caribbean. Dr. Sotomayor has held research fellowships and grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Minerva Research Initiative, International Studies Association Venture Research Grant, Ford Foundation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholarship. Before joining UTSA in 2015, Sotomayor taught at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California (2009-2015), at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), in Mexico City (2004-2007), and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Inter-American Research and Policy (CIPR) at Tulane University (2008) and public policy scholar in the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2008). He was the 2015 recipient of the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award, presented by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) to the author of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations for his book Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). He received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in the City of New York and his B.A. degree in international relations from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

Recent Publications 
His publications have appeared in Global Responsibility to Protect, International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Nonproliferation Review, Security Studies, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and other edited volumes. A few samples of his publications include:

American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). Co-edited with Maiah Jaskoski and Harold Trinkunas.

The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Reviewed by: Armed Forces and Society, Brasiliana: Journal of Brazilian Studies, Chronicle Review, H-Diplo, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, Journal of World-Systems Research, Midwest Book Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly.

“Mexico and the R2P Challenge: The Commitment Trap.” Global Responsibility to Protect 8, 1(2016): 29-50.
“Legalizing and Judicializing Territorial and Maritime Border Disputes in Latin America: Causes and Unintended Consequences.” In Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas, eds., American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), pp. 38-65.
“Latin America’s Experience with Peace Support Operations: From Peacekeeping Recipients to Peace Exporters.” In Arie Kacowicz and David Mares, co-editors, Handbook of Latin American Security (New York: Routledge, 2015). pp. 324-335.
“The Nepalese Army: From Counterinsurgency to Peacekeeping?” Small Wars and Insurgencies 25, 5-6(October 2014): 992-1016.

“Brazil and Mexico in the Nonproliferation Regime.” The Nonproliferation Review 20, 1(March 2013): 81-105. Republished in: “Brazil and Mexico in the Nonproliferation Regime.” In Jeffrey R. Fields, ed. State Behavior and the Nuclear Nonproliferation regime (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2014), pp. 218-250.
“Realismo.” [Realism] In Thomas Legler, Arturo Santa Cruz and Laura Zamudio, eds., Introducción a las Relaciones Internacionales: América Latina y la Polítca Global [Introduction to International Relations: Latin America and Global Politics] (Mexico City: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 12-23.

“Latin America’s Increased Role in UN Peace Operations: Current Trends and a Note of Caution, in David R. Mares, ed., Debating Civil-Military Relations in Latin America (Sussex: Sussex Academic Press, 2014), pp. 181-206.

“Nepal.” In Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams, eds. Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges and Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations (New York: Oxford University Press), 2013, pp. 291-311.

Uruguay.” In Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams, eds. Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges and Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 312-331.

“Peacekeeping Effects in South America: Common Experiences and Divergent Effects on Civil- Military Relations.” International Peacekeeping 17, 5(November 2010): 629–643.
“Why Some States Participate in UN Peace Missions While Others Do Not?” An Analysis of Civil-Military Relations and Its Effects on Latin America’s Contributions to Peacekeeping Operations.” Security Studies 19, 1(January 2010): 160-195

Recent ACUNS Activity
Recipient of The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Dissertation Award (2003-2004).

Updated, March 2017