Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1990 he has served on the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, since 1995 has served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and since 1999 has been an adjunct faculty member of the Federal Executive Institute.
His most recent book is his autobiography, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2012). Other books include The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity and The Making — and Remaking — of a Multiculturalist, published by Teachers College Press.
Cortés is general editor of the forthcoming Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (Sage, 2012), Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications, and Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s Peabody-award-winning children’s television series, “Dora the Explorer,” and its sequel, “Go, Diego, Go!,” for which he received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.
He also travels the country performing his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage, while he co-wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, We Are Not Alone: Tomás Rivera –- A Musical Narrative, which premiered in 2011.
A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Cortés has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, private business, and the mass media.