Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

William Arrocha

Assistant Professor

I am passionate about the struggle for human rights and social justice.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is teaching such a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and socially committed student body. I also enjoy the inter-disciplinary nature of our programs and the fact that I can teach content courses in multiple languages. I am fluent in Spanish and French and teach in both languages.

The subjects that I am passionate about and teach with much enthusiasm are global politics, development theories and practices, migration, human rights and security, the challenges of managing U.S.-Mexico relations and the ever more complex U.S.-Latin American migration issues. At present, my research focus is on migration issues in the Americas and their intersection between development, human security and human rights.

My previous work experience, which I am always eager to share with students, includes: having the honor of directing the International Trade Policy Studies program at MIIS, consulting for the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). I also had the rare opportunity to be a member of the roster pertaining to NAFTA’s Chapter 19 Panelists and an Assistant Panelist for several Bi-national Panels Pursuant to the Provisions of Article 1904 of the NAFTA. When writing my doctoral thesis I worked as the Assistant Coordinator for Queen’s University’s Studies in National and International Development (Canada). Years back, I also had the privilege of being the Political Analyst and Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City; Chief of Advisors for the Under-Secretary for General Planning and Management, Mexican Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development (SECOFI); and Economic, Political and Development Consultant for Mitsubishi Corp. and Tokyo Marine Ltd.

My research has been published in the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, The California Western Law Review, The Journal of Hate Studies, Nuestras Voces Latinas, The National Autonomous University of Mexico Press (UNAM), The Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, North Western journal of International Affairs, Mesoámerica, Libros de FLASCO, Santiago de Chile, and Revista de Relaciones Internacionales, UNAM, México.


International political economy, international relations, comparative politics (U.S., Canada, Latin America and Mexico), migration studies, human rights, human security and trade policy.


PhD, International Relations, MA, International Relations, Queens University, Canada; Advanced Diploma in Canadian and United States Studies, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; BA, International Relations, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


William F. Arrocha (2014). PDF iconReclaiming Justice and Eliminating Inequality through Compassionate Migration: The Relentless Struggle of Migrants Living in the Shadows, Volume 11, 2013-2014.

William Arrocha (2013). Criminalization of Undocumented Workers and Labor: Increasing Fear and Exploitability within the Latino Community.Journal of Interdisciplinary Disciplines, Vol. XII, Fall 2013. pp. 107-126.

William Arrocha (2012). From Arizona’s S.B.1070 to Georgia’s H.B.87 and Alabama’s H.B 56: Exacerbating the Other and Generating New Discourse and Practices of Segregation. California Western Law Review, Vol. 48, No.2. pp. 245-278. 

William Arrocha. La Reforma Actual de los Estados Unidos ¿Una negación social y económica o la creación de nuevas formas de segregación en nombre del excepcionalísimo americano? Ivonne Solano Chávez (Coordinadora)Migrantes Somos y en el camino andamos: Ensayos sobre identidad, migración y cultura transfronteriza. Secretaria de Cultura de Michoacán y Ediciones Eón, 2011.

William Arrocha (2010). Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070: Targeting the Other and Generating Discourses and Practices of Discrimination and Hate. Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 9, No 1, pp. 65-92.

Course List

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DPPG 8506 - Politics of Development      

This course introduces students to the politics of development, its contemporary debates, agencies and issue-areas. Development is a contested concept and practice that originates from the exercise of power, which is at the core of politics. Governments, International Organizations (IO), Non Governmental Organizations (NGO), and other social actors within Civil Society, have kept alive and thriving the debate on the best development practices that can better the lives of billions of individuals. It is a debate that takes place at multiple spatial and socio-political contexts, within and beyond the institutions of the state, yet its concrete outcomes are located within the boundaries of a specific state, or group of states. It is often assumed that states and societies share common development goals, this is far from being the case, as the key ideas, agencies and practices of development are shaped within domestic and international political systems where political and economic power are far from being distributed equally. Such unequal distribution of power is even greater between states with different levels, or models, of development. Today the economic and political gains from the dominant model of development are also far from being distributed equally. For these reasons it is fundamental that future practitioners recognize the limits and reaches of development models, as these are intricately related to how political power is conceptualized, exercised and distributed through a wide range of social contexts at domestic and international levels.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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DPPG 8514 - Globalization and Development      

Today it would be hard to contest the deep international integration arising from the global expansion of capital, the ever-growing international division of labor, informational modes of development, new migration flows and the interchange of worldviews, products, ideas and other aspects of culture. A complex web of transnational corporations, inter-governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations help shape policies and practices of development. Cultural globalization, the expansion of global epistemic communities, transnational activism and an emerging global civil society are adding their voices to a global debate on how to make globalization work for all, including the environment. The goal of this course is to explore and debate the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents us in the development of policies and practices of development at a local, regional and global level.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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DPPG 8529 - Dev Theory & Practice      

DPPG 8529: Development: Theories and Practices

This course introduces students to the field of International Development as well as the key ideas, major debates and politics that inform its theoretical and practical boundaries. The first section of the course covers the theoretical debates around the intricate connections between economic, social and political development. The remaining sections discuss specific issue areas, such as globalization, human rights, human security, gender equity, and ideas of sustainable development. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a general and critical understanding of the field of International Development and an opportunity to begin to narrow down their own interests. It is organized by in-class discussions and the screening of documentary films with a strong focus on alternative approaches and social justice. As it is a course geared towards future practitioners and policy experts in development, the key assignments are focused on acquiring strong analytical tools accompanied by persuasion and influencing skills.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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DPPG 8628 - IntlMigratn,Security&HumanRgts      

In the context of a more integrated yet unequal global economic system, of growing international and national security concerns, humanitarian crises and skill shortages, migration and immigration have become central to economic, political and social debates. This seminar is meant to engage in these debates by studying the intricate links between the ever increasing flows of peoples across borders; the national and international security dilemmas facing states and regions; and the urgent need to fully implement and redefine the international and domestic laws pertaining to Human Rights.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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DPPG 8647 - Sem:US Mexico Relations      

The United States and Mexico share one of the longest borders in the world; they also have one of the most complex bilateral relationships yet, it is one that is not always understood and explored adequately. In this seminar students will be exposed to the key historical events that have shaped the present relationship. They will explore the similarities and differences of a relationship that makes it one of the toughest to manage. Students will explore the key aspects that make up a bilateral agenda that can be considered one of the most challenging in international policy: An uneasy past, constant immigration pressures, drug trafficking, trade issues, environmental problems and new security challenges.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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