Dr. Antonio Sotomayor Ph.D.

Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

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  • By appointment


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.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

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

Research Description

  • 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



  • Sotomayor, Antonio. The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico.. . Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

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Book Contributions

  • Sotomayor, Antonio. "Challenges and Alternatives to Caribbean Family History and Genealogy: Archives and Sources in Puerto Rico." Who are We Really?: Latin American Family, Local and Micro-Regional Histories and Their Impact on Understanding Ourselves. Papers of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials. Salt Lake City, University of Utah, 2014. . Ed. Roberto Delgadillo. New Orleans, LA: SALALM Secretariat, Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2016.

  • Sotomayor, Antonio. "The Cold War Games of a Colonial Latin American Nation: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1966.." Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945.. . Ed. Heather Dichter and Andrew Johns. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014. 217-249.

Journal Articles

  • "The Triangle of Empire: Sport, Religion, and Imperialism in Puerto Rico’s YMCA, 1898-1926." The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History (2017):
  • "Caribbean Soccer: Hispanoamericanismo and the Identity Politics of Fútbol in Puerto Rico,1898-1920s." The Latin Americanist 61.2 (2017): 193-224.
  • "Colonial Olympism: Puerto Rico and Jamaica’s Olympic Movement in Pan‐American Sport, 1930 to the 1950s." The International Journal of the History of Sport 33.1-2 (2016): 84-104.
  • Sotomayor, Antonio. "Operation Sport: Puerto Rico’s Recreational and Political Consolidation in an Age of Progress." Journal of Sport History 42.1 (2015): 59-86..
  • Sotomayor, Antonio. "'Un parque para cada pueblo': Julio Enrique Monagas and the Politics of Sport and Recreation in Puerto Rico during the 1940s." Caribbean Studies 42.2 (2014): 3-40.