Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Anthony J. Cortese 
Dedman College  2015

Anthony J. Cortese, Professor of Sociology in Dedman College, came to SMU in 1989 as director of Mexican American Studies and also served as director of Ethnic Studies. He earned a B.A. from Bellevue University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the SMU faculty, he taught at Colorado State University, followed by Illinois State University. At SMU he has taught courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, social problems, minority dominant relations, media ethics and gender, and ethical perspectives on ethnoviolence. He also has taught courses at SMU-in-Taos. His honors include a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Japan. At SMU Professor Cortese has twice been named a Teaching Fellow of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. His scholarship has resulted in four books, including Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory and Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, now in its fourth edition. He also has written numerous articles, book chapters and reviews and frequently presents his research at both academic and non-academic conferences. His current research focuses on brutality against women. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Sociology.