David Cort Featured as Spotlight Scholar: UMass Amherst

David Cortassociate professor of sociology, was honored as a Spotlight Scholar this month.


David Cort

Cort’s global perspective and grounded understanding of poverty and social stratification were inspired by his childhood spent living in developing countries and immigrant communities in the United States. He began teaching at UMass Amherst in 2007, with his research focusing on the residential stratification of black residents and undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles. He then refocused his attention on public health issues and conducted research in South Africa and Latin America on the relationship between HIV attitudes and sexual practices. Cort has also studied how family structure and birth order affect risky sexual behaviors. For his next project, he will return to his roots and study social stratification in South Africa.

Court is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He hopes to foster and develop institutional ties between UMass Amherst and Walter Sisulu University in South Africa, where he taught as a Fulbright Scholar in 2018.

Learn more about David Cort and other Spotlight Fellows.

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