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América Soto Arzat

America De Soto Arzat
Graduate Student

Research Interests

  •  Sociology and Psychology
  • Natural Disasters
  • Puerto Rico
  • Women and Gender
  • Power in Relationships
  • Qualitative Methods


América Soto-Arzat is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University after having completed her B.A. in Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.  América worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, where she collaborated on projects in the areas of gender stereotypes in faith communities, racial identities, and on psychosocial effects after Hurricane María. In 2017, she gave a speech at an Indigenous Leaders and Special Missions symposium held at the United Nations Plaza in New York.  América also co-authored “Psychoanalysis and Research for Communities”, a publication within a special edition of Cruce Journal that was dedicated to Ignacio Martín-Baró in 2018.   She was born in Puerto Rico, later moved and grew up in Brazil, and is of Mexican descent. Moreover, she is polylingual, speaking Spanish, Portuguese, and English.