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Tulane University

Arturo Sotomayor

CIPR Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2008)

Degrees

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

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Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.