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Tulane University

Arturo Sotomayor

CIPR Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2008)


Columbia University, Department of Political Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Ph.D. May 2004. Concentration in international relations and comparative politics.
  • M.Phil. May 2001
  • M.A. May 1999

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico. (1993-1997)

  • B.A. in International Relations 1997
  • Miguel Palacios Macedo Academic Achievement Award.

Academic Employment

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA.
Assistant professor, Department of National Security Affairs (2009-to date)

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Interamerican Policy and Research (Jan – Dec 2008)

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (C.I.D.E.), Mexico City, Mexico.
Assistant professor in international relations and Latin American politics, Department of International Studies (2004-2008)

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor

  • Introduction to Civil-Military Relations (NPS advanced graduate seminar)
  • Seminar in Peace Studies (NPS advanced graduate seminar)
  • Latin America┬'s International Relations (NPS advanced graduate seminar)
  • International Security and Cinema (CIDE senior seminar)
  • US Foreign Policy (SIPA-Columbia University-CIDE Certificate Program in US Studies)
  • Latin American Security Affairs (senior seminar)
  • Theories of International Relations (sophomore lecture course)

Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Studies, Universidad Iberoamericana (Spring 2006, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.)

  • Theories of International Relations (sophomore lecture course)

Visiting Professor, Department of International Studies, ITAM (Summer 1999)

  • International Organizations. (undergraduate lecture course.)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

  • Introduction to World Politics, Prof. Kimberly Marten Zisk (Spring 2004)
  • Latin American Comparative Politics, Prof. Elizabeth Kaufman (Fall 2003)
  • Mass Media in American Politics, Prof. Brigette Nacos (Fall 2002)
  • Latin American Civilization, Prof. Pablo Piccato (Fall 1999)

Related Experience

  • Research assistant and administrative coordinator, Columbia University, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (2000-2004)
  • Archivist, Alfonso García Robles┬' Personal Library (Nobel Peace Prize 1982), Mexico City, Mexico. (Summer 1998)
  • Research Assistant, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico (1997)
  • Research Assistant, El Colegio de México, Center of International Studies, Mexico City, Mexico. (1996-1997)
  • Research Assistant, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Department of International Studies, Mexico City, Mexico (1994-1996)

Languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian

For a list of publications, conferences and invited talks, grants and awards and more on Arturo Sotomayor, please click here.


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Upcoming Events

Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements

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The Tulane University Political Science department presents a talk entitled “Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements” by Susan Stokes, the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy.

Dr. Stokes research interests include democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies; distributive politics; and comparative political behavior. Her co-authored book, Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism (Cambridge, 2013) won best-book prizes from the Comparative Politics (Luebbert Prize) and Comparative Democratization sections of APSA. Among her earlier books, Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001), received prizes from the APSA Comparative Democratization section and from the Society for Comparative Research. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review.

Sponsored by the Political Science department and the CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research.

For more information please contact Virginia Oliveros (

Populism & Pragmatism in Chavista Venezuela: The Pluses and Minuses of Social and Economic Programs

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Fall 2015 Events at CIPR

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Our 2015 events at a glance!

  • September 11th, 2015, 11:00am-1:00pm, at CIPR Paper presentation and discussion by Dr.Maria Clara Dias: “The Functioning Perspective: An Alternative for a More Inclusive Moral Framework”
  • September 18th, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room A Talk by Dr. Tulia Falleti
  • October 9th, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room A Talk by Dr. Susan Stokes
  • October 9th, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Samuel Z. Stone Conference Room CIPR Post-Docs Internal Seminar
  • October 29th, 30th & 31st, 2015 The Paradox of Violence in Venezuela: A Comparative Approach. Conference, Greenleaf Conference Room
  • November 2nd, 2015, 11:00am ┬ľ 1:00pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Book presentation by Alejandro Velasco: “Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela
  • November 6th, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Samuel Z. Stone Conference Room CIPR Post-Docs Internal Seminar
  • November 20th, 2015, 4:00-5:30pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Lecture and Reception: Dr. Rose Spalding: Contesting Trade in Central America: Market Reform and Resistance
  • December 3rd, 2015, 12:00-2:00pm, Greenleaf Conference Room Symposium on Venezuelan Elections

For more information please e-mail Jimena Leon: