Department of Sociology

Letisha Brown


University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Student
Letisha Brown

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Interests


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

Biography


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. 

Courses


SOC 307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc

45306 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM CLA 0.102
(also listed as WGS 301)

Description

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. The goal of this course is to learn how to apply a sociological perspective to analyze how individual and group life chances are shaped by broader structures of privilege and disadvantage based on race, gender and class.

 Required Readings/Resources

  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau.   
  • Remaining readings will be posted on Canvas, unless noted otherwise.
  • Top Hat (https://tophat.com/)

 Course Requirements and Evaluation

Grades will be determined as follows:

 Exams (70%): There will be three exams in this course, each worth 70 points. No make-up exams will be given without prior approval from the Instructor. Exam I: September 29th, Exam II: November 3rd, Exam III, December 11th.

 Short Writing Assignments (20%): There will be two short writing assignments over the course of the semester, each assignment will be discussed in class one week before it is due. Assignment I: Wednesday 27th, Assignment II: December 1st

 Pop Quizzes (10%): Over the course of the semester there will be 11 in class pop quizzes each worth one point (one will be dropped), the quizzes will be based on course material (readings and lecture). These quizzes will not be announced in advance: you must be present in class the day of the quiz in order to take it (quizzes will be given via Top Hat). No make-up quizzes will be given, barring 1) a religious holiday, 2) a serious illness or death in the family (documentation required).

 

 

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


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