David A. Cort

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Scholars Project Title:  HIV Stigma Beliefs and Precautionary Sexual Behaviors in Southern Africa

To date, Dr. Cort’s research has examined the socioeconomic incorporation of immigrant groups such as Hispanics and undocumented immigrants. He will use the ISSR residency to further a new line of scholarship focused on how HIV stigma beliefs affect precautionary behaviors such as condom use in Southern Africa. Although there is a large literature on how experiencing HIV stigma affects the precautionary behaviors of stigmatized groups (or those infected with HIV), we know little about the relationship between expressing stigmatizing beliefs (about people with HIV) and the precautionary sexual behaviors of those who do the stigmatizing or labeling. Dr. Cort’s research will begin to fill that void in the literature.

Recent Publications:

  • Cort, David A. and Emory Morrison. 2014. “The Influence of Labor Market Strength and Human Capital Factors on Changes in Medical School Applicant Pools.” Academic Medicine 89(12): 1657-63.
  • Cort, David A., Ken Hou-Lin, and Gaby Stevenson. 2014. “Residential Hierarchy in Los Angeles: An Examination of Ethnic and Documentation Status Differences.” Social Science Research 45: 170-183.
  • Cort, David A. 2012. “Spurred to Action or Retreat? The Effects of Reception Contexts on Naturalization Decisions in Los Angeles.” International Migration Review 46(2): 483-516.
  • Cort, David A. 2011. “Reexamining the Ethnic Hierarchy of Locational Attainment: Evidence from Los Angeles.” Social Science Research 40: 1521-33.