Antonio Sotomayor

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Antonio Sotomayor is Associate 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.

Research Interests

Cultural and Identity Politics
Nationalism and National Identity
Sports and Leisure
Spanish Caribbean History

Professional Information

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. "Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean." Oxford Bibliographies Online (forthcoming 2019)

* 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 (forthcoming 2020).

* Sotomayor, Antonio. "The Nationalist Movement and the Struggle for Freedom in Puerto Rico’s Olympic Sport." (forthcoming 2020).

*  Sotomayor, Antonio. La colonia soberana: Deporte olímpico, identidad nacional y política internacional. (forthcoming 2019/2020). 

* Sotomayor, Antonio. Religious Games: The YMCA, Sport, and Imperial Statecraft in Cuba and Puerto Rico, 1898-1950s. (book length project in preparation).

Honors & Awards

Office Address

313 Main Library
University of Illinois
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, The University of Chicago


Award Date: Jun 12 2012

Latin American and Caribbean Studies, MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Award Date: May 15 2006

Counseling, MS, Indiana University Bloomington


Award Date: May 15 2004

Psychology, BA, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez


Award Date: May 15 2000

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Research Output

Olimpismo: The Olympic Movement in the Making of Latin America and the Caribbean

Sotomayor, A. (ed.) & Torres, C. R. (ed.), Feb 2020, The University of Arkansas Press. 264 p. (Sport, Culture, and Society)

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • Sport in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Sotomayor, A., 2020, In : Oxford Bibliographies Online.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Los juegos del dictador: Rafael Trujillo, el Centenario Dominicano y la Solidaridad Antillana Durante los Juegos interantillanos de 1944

    Translated title of the contribution: The Dictator's Games: Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Centenary, and Antillean Solidarity during the 1944 Inter-Antillean GamesSotomayor Carlo, A., 2019, In : Hispania Nova. 17, p. 392-425 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Press / Media

    Honors & Recognition