Letisha Brown

Dr. Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech University. She completed her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender with respect to media representations of black female athletes as well as social relationships and food practices. Specifically, she has studied media representations of athletes such as Caster Semenya and Serena Williams in academic as well as public spaces—including The Shadow League. Letisha’s dissertation focused on the impact of social relationships (e.g. romantic, religious, and work relationships) and overeating, healthy eating, and food choices among college-educated black and white adults. Her current research includes representations of Black female athletes, in addition to the study of exercise and food habits among Black women. In her free time, she loves to cook, read (especially African-futurism), and travel. You can find her work in the South African Review of Sociology and the Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education.