Antonio Sotomayor

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Personal profile

Personal profile

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. I also do research on genealogy and family history in Modern and Colonial Latin America.  

Works in progress:

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

* A multi-volume edition of the collection of almost 300 letters from the family of the Conde de Montemar, 1761-1799. 

* Articles on Puerto Rican family history during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. 

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 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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