David Orta

David Orta

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: Sociology and Anthropology
Phone: 330-263-2127
Office Address: 024 Kauke


  • B.A., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Texas A&M University

Courses Taught

  • Racial and Ethnic Groups in American Society
  • Introduction to Sociology

Research Interests:

I conducted my dissertation on the relationship between Latina/o college students’ experiences with racism, racial identity, and academic persistence. By employing ethnographic and qualitative interview methods, my project revealed that the social and academic experiences of Latinas/os at predominantly white universities negatively affected their relationship with the institution and as a consequence, their academic decisions. I found that Latina/o students gain a sense of belonging through their participation in a Latina/o fraternity or sorority, which allowed them to foster positive social identities that promoted academic persistence and success in college.

Other areas of interest include racial and ethnic inequality, Latinxs, immigration, and education.

Recent Publications:

Orta, David, Edward Murguia, and Cristina Cruz. 2017. From Struggle to Success via Latina Sororities: Culture Shock, Marginalization, Embracing Ethnicity, and Educational Persistence Through Academic Capital. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Prepublished July 21, 2017. DOI: 10.1177/1538192717719133

Professional Memberships:

  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Latina/o Studies Association (LSA)
  • Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA)