Dr. Antonio Sotomayor Ph.D.
Antonio Sotomayor is Assistant Professor, Historian, and Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and has faculty appointments in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and at Knox College in IL, and has presented his work at the Conference on Latin American History, the Latin American Studies Association, the Association of Caribbean Historians, and the Puerto Rican Studies Association, among others. His book, The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico (winner of SALALM's 2017 José Toribio Medina Book Award), was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2016.
- Cultural and Identity Politics
- Nationalism and National Identity
- Sports and Leisure
- Spanish Caribbean History
Professor Sotomayor's research views sport as a window to observe and analyze politics, culture, and national identity in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Works in progress:
* Sotomayor, Antonio and César R. Torres, editors, The Olympic Movement in the Making of Latin America and the Caribbean. Sports, Culture, and Society Series. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansa Press (under contract).
* Sotomayor, Antonio. "The Nationalist Movement and the Struggle for Freedom in Puerto Rico’s Olympic Sport." (book chapter in preparation).
* Sotomayor, Antonio. La colonia soberana: Deporte olímpico, identidad nacional y política internacional. (book translation in preparation).
* Sotomayor, Antonio. Religious Games: The YMCA, Sport, and Imperial Statecraft in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1950s. (book length project in preparation).
- PhD - History - University of Chicago
- MA - Latin American and Caribbean Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin
- MS - Counseling - Indiana University, Bloomington
- BA - Psychology - Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez