College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

Antonio V. Menéndez Alarcón

Menendez Profile

Professor of Sociology

Office: Jordan Hall 371
Phone: (317) 940-9284
FAX: (317) 940-9754

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1991
MA in Sociology, Université de Paris, 1983


German American

Departmental Specialty Areas

Comparative and International Sociology, Globalization, Culture and Communication, Ethnic Relations, European Societies, Latin American Societies

Additional Research Areas

Power TelevisionMedia and Communication, International Relations, Identity and Nation-State, European Union, and Political Sociology.

Professor Menéndez is a comparative sociologist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of ethnicity, cultural identity, media and power, and the process of European integration using multiple research methods. His most recent books include Safeguarding German-American Relations in the New Century: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences. Editor, in collaboration with Hermann Kurthen and Stefan Immerfall. Lanham, MD: Lexington Publishers: 2006; and The Cultural Realm of European Integration. Greenwood Press, 2004. Another publication from 1992, Power and Television in Latin America received the Choice Magazine's 1994 Outstanding Academic Book Award. Previous books published in Spanish include The Dominican Student (Santo Domingo: Intec, 1987), Spanish Migration to the Dominican Republic (Oviedo: Consejo de Comunidades Asturanas, 1993), and an earlier edited work in collaboration with Jose Alcantara. Human Being and Society. (Santo Domingo: Intec, 1987).

Alarcon BookHe has published many articles in professional journals in English, French, and Spanish, such as Research in Political Sociology, International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Review of Sociology, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, and International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society as well as in edited volumes.


Professor Menéndez's current research interests lie in (1) investigating the cultural influences on international relations; namely, analyzing how conceptions of cultural identity, sense of belonging, and nation determine decision making in the international arena; (2) exploring ideologies of nationalism and the connections between popular culture, everyday life, and broader social processes such as globalization and transnationalism.Cultural Realm

Languages Spoken

Dr. Menendez speaks French, English, Spanish and has a working knowledge of German.

Courses Taught

IS410/SO335 - Global Society
SO323 - Racial and Ethnic Relations
SO333 - European Societies
SO331 - Latin American Societies
SO349 - Social Movements
IS101 - Introduction to International Studies