Arturo C. Sotomayor is Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. His areas of interest include civil-military relations in Latin America; UN peacekeeping participation by South American countries; Latin American comparative foreign policy, and nuclear policy in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. His research analyzes the impact of international socialization, militarization, and denuclearization in three areas: 1) military operations other than war (MOOTW); 2) trans-national and border security; and 3) regional non-proliferation strategies. 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 regional stability in Latin America.
His publications have appeared in Security Studies, International Peacekeeping, Journal of Latin American Politics and Society, Nonproliferation Review, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Global Responsibility to Protect, Foreign Affairs, and other edited volumes. His volume The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil-Military Relations and the United Nations (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) was the winner of 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 published in English, Spanish or Portuguese in any country. He is the co-editor of American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), Mexico's Security Failure: Collapse into Criminal Violence (Routledge, 2012), and El mundo desde México: Ensayos de política internacional (El Colegio de Mexico, 2008).
Before joining the GWU faculty in the fall of 2018, Sotomayor was Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Coordinator for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Mexico Policy Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, and Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas CIDE, in Mexico City. He was also the 2016-2017 Academic Coordinator of the UTSA Mellon Humanities Pathways Program, which received generous funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and provided 12 selected and academically outstanding undergraduate students with exposure to humanities research, professional development, and academic mentoring for admission into doctoral studies in the humanities. His research agenda has been funded by multiple agencies, including the Ford Foundation, the Defense Threat Assessment Agency (DTRA) at the Department of Defense, the Minerva Research Initiative, and the Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholarship program. In 2014 Sotomayor was the recipient of the LCDR David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award presented by the Naval Postgraduate School. He received his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and his B.A. degree in international relations from Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM).