Department of Political Science and Geography
Research area: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Latin American Comparative Foreign Policy, International Security, Defense Studies and Civil-military Relations.
Office: MS 4.03.57
Office hours: Mon & Wed @ 11:00am - 12:00pm or by appointment.
Arturo C. Sotomayor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). 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 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.
His book The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) won the 2015 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.
Dr. Sotomayor has held fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, US-Mexico Fulbright-Garcia Robles Grant Program, International Studies Association, Tulane University, Institute for the Study of World Politics, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Defense Threat Assessment Agency.
Before joining UTSA in 2015, Dr. Sotomayor was a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in Monterey, California, from 2009-2015. He was also the 2008 postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, New Orleans, and assistant professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), in Mexico City, from 2004-2008.
Dr. Sotomayor has sought to design courses that integrate international relations and comparative politics. In the past years, Dr. Sotomayor has taught the following courses at UTSA:
POL 3393 Latin American Politics
POL 3453 The Politics of Mexico
POL 4953 Latin America in the World
POL 5783 International Security
Books (single authored)
The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
-2015 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award, presented by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
-Reviews: Chronicle Review, H-Diplo, International Peacekeeping, Midwest Book Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly.
American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold Trinkunas, co-editors. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2015.
Mexico's Security Failure: Collapse into Criminal Violence. Edited with Paul Kenny and Mónica Serrano. New York: Routledge, 2012.
El mundo desde México: ensayos de política internacional: Homenaje a los más de 40 años de carrera profesional de Olga Pellicer. Arturo C. Sotomayor and Gustavo Vega, co- editors. Mexico City: El Colegio de México-CIDE-ITAM, 2008.
Articles in Refereed Journals (sample)
“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.
“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 Studies19, 1(January 2010): 160-195.
“Latin America’s Middle Powers in the United Nations: Brazil and Mexico in Comparative Perspective”, International Peacekeeping, Volume 16, No. 3(June 2009): 364-378.
“Civil-Military Relations and Security Institutions in the Southern Cone: The Sources of Argentine-Brazilian Nuclear Cooperation.” Latin American Politics and Society 46, 4(Winter 2004): 29-60.
Essays in Edited Volumes (sample)
“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.
“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.
“Democratization and Commitment to Peace: South America’s Motivations.” In Kai Michael Kenkel, ed. South America and Peace Operation. New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 45-63.
“Nepal.” In Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams, eds. Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges and Future of UN Peacekeeping Operations. 291-311. 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. 312-331. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 312-331.
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