Past & Future Projects

Immigrant Incorporation in the United Status


Over the past few years, I've examined issues related to immigrant incorporation in a project titled "Immigrant Incorporation - Multiple Dimensions." In that project, I focused on racial, ethnic, generational, and documentation status differences in various socioeconomic outcomes. These outcomes include neighborhood quality, immigrant naturalization, and employment variables. For this project, I used data from the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LA-FANS), the U.S. Census, and the Current Population Surveys (CPS). Below are published and unpublished papers from this project.
Immigrant Incorporation Papers
1). 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.

2). 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.

3). Cort, David A. 2011. "Reexamining the Ethnic Hierarchy of Locational Attainment: Evidence from Los Angeles." Social Science Research 40: 1521-33.

4). Cort, David A. 2010. "What Happened to Familial Acculturation?" Ethnic and Racial Studies 33: 313-35.

5). Waldinger, Roger, Nelson Lim, and David A. Cort. 2007. "Bad Jobs, Good Jobs, No Jobs? The Employment Experience of the Mexican Second Generation." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33: 1-35.

Perceived Social Threat and Condom Use in Sub-Saharan Africa

The HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has changed the lives of thousands of people, significantly altering the ways in which people live and work. Health practitioners have responded to this epidemic by developing programs that encourage precautionary behaviors like monogamy and condom use and by examining the factors that motivate people to practice these precautionary behaviors. In addition, scholars have examined how psychological and demographic factors such as behavioral intentions, self-efficacy, and perceived disease threat combine to affect precautionary behaviors. With regard to perceived disease threat, the argument is that knowledge of or information about a health hazard (like HIV/AIDS) stimulates a cognitive appraisal of vulnerability to (or threat from) the negative event. In turn, this appraisal arouses a motivation to protect oneself and, for example, use condoms. Although the literature examining the perceived threat and precautionary behavior relationship is broad, scholars have consistently focused on the physical consequences or risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, eschewing a focus on the social consequences of having HIV or being associated with someone who does. To begin filling this gap, I have begun a long-term project that examines the relationship between perceptions of social threat from HIV/AIDS and condom use across sub-Saharan Africa. Data for this project will come from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Perceived Social Threat Working Papers

1). Cort, David A. and Hsin Fei Tu. 2016. "Perceived Social Threat from HIV, Condom use, and the National Context: Evidence from 34 Sub-Saharan Countries." Under Review.

2). Cort, David A., Hsin Fei Tu, and Derek Siegel. 2016. "Perceived Social Threat from HIV and Condom Use: Comparing the Partnered and Unpartnered in Sub-Saharan Africa.