Anthony Cortese

Anthony Cortese received a B.A. magna cum laude from Bellevue University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Tony began teaching at Notre Dame and its sister school, Saint Mary’s College. He began his career at Colorado State University in 1980, where he served as Director of Chicago Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology; he later moved to Illinois State University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor. He came to Southern Methodist University in 1989 as the Director of Mexican American Studies and a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology. He also served as Director of Ethnic Studies and was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. While at SMU, Tony taught existing courses on Race and Ethnicity in the United States, Social Problems, Minority Dominant Relations and Chicanos in the Southwest. He also created courses on Race, Culture and Social Policy in the Southwest, taught at SMU-in-Taos; Media, Ethics, and Gender; and Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence – the first “Ways of Knowing” course taught at SMU. Tony was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to Japan; he has twice been a Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility Teaching Fellow; and he has been a Fellow in the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies since 1995. Tony’s extensive scholarship has included four books, numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews. He regularly presents his research at conferences and is invited to present to both academic and non-academic audiences. His most well-known book, Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, is now in its 4th edition.

Anthony Cortese

Dick Hawkins
Dick Hawkins came to Southern Methodist University in 1973 with a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. After beginning his career at the University of Arizona in 1969, Dick became an Associate Professor at SMU teaching courses in Criminal Justice, Crime and Delinquency, Correctional Systems, and Deviant Behavior. Over the years he also developed specialized courses on Social Change, Law and Society, and the Sociology of Mental Disorders. For over a decade, Dick served as the Chair of the Sociology Department. Dick had a number of grants, from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the North Texas Council of Governments, and the Hogg Foundation. Dick’s extensive scholarship has included three books, numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs, as well as three dozen conference presentations. He has also had an exceptional teaching career, and consistently received the highest course and teacher ratings in the department. In addition, Dick has earned the HOPE award two times, and was given the Outstanding Professor award from Mortar Board. In summary, Dick has been a remarkable asset as teacher/scholar in his 40-year career at SMU.

Linda Brewster Stearns
Linda Brewster Stearns completed all of her degrees, culminating with the PhD, from University of New York, Stony Brook. She began her career at LSU, where she earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. She then joined UC- Riverside, where she was promoted to Full Professor and served as Chair of the Sociology Department. Linda came to SMU in 2003 to rebuild the Sociology Department and direct the newly-created interdisciplinary Markets and Culture program. Under her leadership the Sociology Department grew in faculty and majors, and the Markets and Culture major became the fifth largest in Dedman College. Linda holds a joint appointment in the Cox School of Business. A renowned scholar in economic sociology, Linda’s research focuses on interlocking directorates, mergers, and financial decision-making. She has published regularly in prestigious journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, and Administrative Science Quarterly, and co-authored a book, Politics of Privacy. Twice a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow, Linda has received funding for her research from the National Science and Howard Foundations. Linda’s extensive contributions to the profession range from NSF reviewer to member of the editorial boards of California Management Review, Research in Political Sociology, and Socio-Economic Review.