Michael Soto

I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change (ICGC). I have a MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex and a BA in Development in Latin America from Harvard University.

I envision my PhD dissertation will be on the processes of reconciliation and reintegration in Colombia, with a comparative component on Northern Ireland.

With the support of the Grand Challenges Human Rights Lab, I spent the summer of 2017 in Belfast conducting research in collaboration with Dr. Joachim Savelsberg on associational groups, memories, and transitions to peace. While in Northern Ireland I was a Visiting Scholar at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University.

During the summer of 2018, I will be doing exploratory fieldwork in Colombia and a Visiting Scholar at Centro de Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: Development in Latin America, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2006.
  • MA: Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Colombia
  • Culture
  • Diversity and solidarity
  • International development
  • Peacebuilding
  • Social Networks
  • Space, Place, and Identity
Courses Taught
  • Social Networking: Theory and Methods (TA)
  • Introduction to Sociology (TA)
Research & Professional Activities


  • Visiting Scholar: Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, May 2017 - Aug 2017
  • Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellow, 2016