Michael Soto grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and returned to South Texas after pursuing his studies on the West Coast and then the East Coast. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American literature and cultural history. His research and the courses that he teaches begin with the premise that a full understanding of our rich and diverse cultures (literary and otherwise) best informs contemporary American studies. He is presently working on a study of the urban/suburban divide in U.S. intellectual and cultural history.
As Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Student Academic Issues & Retention, Soto is responsible for enhancing the student academic experience and offering strategies to improve student retention. In this capacity, he develops, manages, and assesses the University’s comprehensive action plan to improve the retention of undergraduate students. He coordinates first-year student academic advising and adviser training; the Reading TUgether common reading program; the work of the Academic Honor Council and the Academic Honor Code; academic programs for New Student Orientation; Honors Awards Convocation, and the work of the major scholarships and fellowships committee. Soto receives student complaints regarding academic issues, including grade appeals and exceptions to academic policy.
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Stanford University
Measuring the Harlem Renaissance: The U.S. Census, African American Identity, and Literary Form (2016)
Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Course Design and Classroom Strategies. (2008)
The Modernist Nation: Generation, Renaissance, and Twentieth-Century American Literature. (2004)
Twentieth-century American Literature and Cultural History
Modernist Literary Movements
Ethnic Studies (esp. African American and Latino studies)
Community service & Involvement
Former Boards: San Antonio Education Partnership, SA2020 Commission on Education, National Hispanic Institute, Benitia Family Center, Trinity University Press Editorial Board.
San Antonio ISD Facilities Advisory Committee (former), former member of the Texas State Board of Education, McNair Scholars Program director.