Alberto Curotto, PhD

Academic Specialist, UCSF

Alberto received his doctorate in Linguistics and American Studies at the University of Florence (Italy) and undertook a PhD in Comparative Studies in Culture, Theory, and Literature, with a focus on queer studies, at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). Later, in New York, he made a living as a college professor, a free-lance editor, and a published translator, while pursuing his ideals of social justice by volunteering as a tutor for at-risk LGBT youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Landed at long last in San Francisco, he volunteered to assist community-based AIDS and LGBT organizations pursue their missions.

In 2001, Alberto joined the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies to work with Greg Rebchook and other investigators on several projects, exploring the role of the Internet (and social venues) in the lives of gay/bisexual men as well as their potential for HIV prevention and sexual-health promotion for men of either serostatus. His research focus is on qualitative and ethnographic methods to understand how social inequalities, resulting from prejudice and discrimination, contribute to health disparities.

He joined the Mpowerment team to study how community-based organizations in the US are adapting Mpowerment for young gay/bisexual men and transgender youth of color. He is also collaborating in the development of ways to integrate social-networking technologies into the Mpowerment Project. Alberto believes that, with its set of guiding principles, Mpowerment has the potential to enable individuals overcome isolation and build communities capable of organizing, growing stronger, and furthering their social-justice goals.

Alberto pursues his life as a freethinker and advocate of alternative paradigms at the side of his companion of 10 years (now a husband!) and two feline gods.