Department of Sociology

Letisha Brown

University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Student
Letisha Brown



Race/Ethnicity, Body/Embodiment, Social Relationships, Food Practices, Intersectionality


Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown is a PhD. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her main areas of interest are: race, embodiment, social relationships and sport. In 2011, a portion of her master’s thesis Sex, Drugs and Barbie: Gender Verification, Drug Testing and the Commodification of the Black Female Athlete” was awarded the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award during the 2011 North American Society for the Sociology of sport Conference. Currently, Letisha has a publication on race, gender, sport and disability in the South African Review of Sociology that focuses on South African runners Caster Semenya and Oscar Pistorius. 


Letisha also works in the area of social relationships and food practices, her dissertation focuses on this subject and draws on in-depth interview data frame by theories of intersectionality and embodiment. Letisha also works as the Graduate Assistant for the program Food for Black Thought here in Austin. 


SOC S307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc

85500 • Summer 2017
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM GDC 6.202
(also listed as WGS S301)

Course Description & Objectives:

This course examines how gender, race, class and sexuality (and their intersections) are understood in the United States, and how those intersections shape inequalities, identities, as well as experiences. Drawing on academic and narrative texts, films, social media, and current events, we will discuss the formation of gender, race, class and sexuality as social categories, as well as how they shape unequal opportunities and challenges. We will begin the course by discussing each from a sociological perspective—understanding these categories as social constructions. In the second unit, we will discuss various social institutions and forces that shape and reveal inequalities. Next, we will examine the concepts of nation and citizenship, with respect to how race, class, gender and sexuality are grounds for recognition and/or the denial of rights. Lastly, this course will examine contemporary politics and potential solutions for social inequality.


Required Readings

  • Jeffries, Michael P. (2013). Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the

Meaning of Race in America. Stanford: Stanford University Press.  

  • Remaining readings will be posted on Canvas

Attendance Policy:


Attendance is required and imperative to students’ success in the course as lectures outline the theoretical and historical basis for course readings, films, and more. Sign-in sheets will be passed around at the beginning of each lecture. Lectures will be discussion based, as much as possible, and active participation will be essential. Attendance will be taken into consideration as part of the participation grade.


Grading Policy:

Grades will be determined as follows:


  • 40%: Short Writing Assignments (2 total, 20% each) (2-3pages)
    • Due: July 19th, August 10th
    • 45%: Exams
      • Mid-Term (20%): July 31st
      • Final Exam (25%): August 14th  
      • 15%: Participation (10% daily reading notes, 5% attendance)

Total: 100%


Curriculum Vitae

Profile Pages

  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086