About Michael Soto

Michael was born in Corpus Christi and raised in McAllen and Brownsville, where he attended public schools throughout his youth. He received a B.A. degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. Since 1999 he has served on the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio. The author of three books and numerous articles, his research and teaching focus on twentieth-century American literature and cultural history. He and his wife, Celina Peña, are the parents of two boys: Alejo, a second-grader in the San Antonio ISD, and Américo, SAISD class of 2028.

Public Service

  • San Antonio Education Partnership board member
  • San Antonio ISD Community-based Facilities Task Force member (former)
  • National Hispanic Institute trustee (former)
  • Trinity University Press editorial board (former)
    Essay writing services reviewer
  • Hawthorne Academy (San Antonio ISD) PTA member

Employment and Experience

  • Associate Professor at Trinity University
  • Director of the McNair Scholars Program
  • Chair of the University Curriculum Council (former)
  • Experienced and dedicated teacher
  • Award-winning scholar and author of three books and numerous articles


  • James Pace High School (Brownsville)
  • Stanford University: B.A. with honors
  • Harvard University: Ph.D.