Anthony Cortese

Professor of Sociology


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Hyer 310 B
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Research/Teaching Interests

Race, Ethnicity, Social Policy, Gender, Immigration, Human Rights, Domestic Violence, Affirmative Action, Death Penalty, Honor Killings, Human Trafficking, Hate Speech, Racial Profiling, Sexual Assault

Selected Publications

  • Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, (4th ed.), forthcoming. Rowman & Littlefield. 
  • The Tucson-Congress on Your Corner Shootings: Deconstructing Competing Claims. In press, Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology.
  • Advertising. Encyclopedia of Globalization, George Ritzer (ed.), New York: Routledge, in press.
  • Vessels of the Samora Legacy: Mentoring the Third Generation, pp 166-171 in Moving Beyond Borders: Julian Samora and the Establishment of Latino Studies, A. Pulido, B. Driscoll, and C. Samora (eds). Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  • Opposing Hate Speech, 2006, Praeger Publishing (Foreword by Richard Delgado).
  • Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, (3rd ed.), 2008. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Walls and Bridges: Social Ethics and Public Policy, 2004. State University of New York Press.
  • Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory, 1990, State University of New York Press.

Distinctions, Grants and Honors

  • 2011-2012. Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility Teaching Fellow, Southern Methodist University
  • 2006 Grawemeyer Award in Education (Nominee)
  • 2005 Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Provocateur)
  • 2004 Critics Choice, American Educational Studies Association (Walls and Bridges)
  • 2004 Provocateur: 'Essential', CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Library


Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence, Minority Dominant Relations, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S., Media, Ethics, and Gender, Race, Culture, and Social Policy in the American Southwest, Chicanos in the Southwest, Social Problems.

Current Research

Brutality Against Women: Trafficking, Rape, Honor Killings, and Domestic Violence.

The twenty-first century has witnessed unprecedented human rights violations against women both internationally as well as in our own back yard. The United States is one of the top receiving countries in the sex industry. Ethnoviolence against women is rising in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Chile, Gaza, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Tahiti and numerous other countries. Clearly, men’s violence against women crosses national, ethnic, cultural, social, racial, and economic borders.

In the United States, Native Women experience increasingly severe abuse by non-Indian and Indian men. Also in the United States, violence and human rights violations against Latina and Ethiopian female immigrants has become a latent dysfunction of globalization, neo-colonialism, gender relations and dealings between post-industrial and developing nations.

Violence against women in a family setting, in addition, has serious consequences for the children's growth, health, and survival. A study of women and their children in Bangladesh and Nicaragua shows that children whose mothers are exposed to violence grow less and are sick more often than other children.

This violence has taken many forms: threats, intimidation, hate speech, coercion, sexual harassment, physical violence, emotional and verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse and rape, enslavement, trafficking, prostitution, and forced labor, among others. This volume focuses on human trafficking, domestic violence, and rape because they are perhaps the most egregious forms of violations of human rights against women that are occurring around the globe today.

A major social trend is an increase in the level of physical violence. When official agencies began collecting reports, the most frequent complaints of ethnoviolence involved crimes against property. For the past several years, the data of the major agencies have indicated that ethnoviolent acts directed against people are now more numerous. Nevertheless, this research goes beyond the intimate partner violence literature by emphasizing emotion, financial, and sexual abuse as well as physical.

The proposed strategy for opposing human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault is through the establishment of “just communities,” everyday empowerment resistance and testimonials, and the prosecution of human rights violations. Case studies are used in order to put a human face on a large-scale social problem.