Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Letisha Brown

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown 

Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Fellow 


523 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061



Department Membership



  • Race/Ethnicity 
  • Gender/Sexuality 
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Food Studies 
  • Black Feminism 

Professional Activities

  • American Sociological Association  
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport 


  • B.A., Northern Colorado University
  • M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    • Marteleto, L. J., L. C. D. Gama, M. Dondero, and Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown. “The Weight of Inequality: Socio-economic Status and Adolescent Body Mass in Brazil.” Social Forces, 95, 4, 2017, pp. 1637-1666.
    • Brown, Letisha Engracia Cardoso. Review of “In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport,51, 7, 2016, pp. 886.  
    • Brown, Letisha Engracia Cardoso. “Sporting Space Invaders: Elite Bodies in Track and Field, a South African Context.” South African Review of Sociology, 46, 1, 2015, pp. 7-24.
    • Brown, Letisha Engracia Cardoso. Review of “A Locker Room of Her Own.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, 7, 2015, pp. 887-889. 
    • Adjepong, L.A., Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, and B. Carrington. “Olympic Games.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2nded.). Cengage Learning, 2013.

    Additional Information

    Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown, Ph.D., is a Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Virginia Tech Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on representations of black female athletes in the media as well as social relationships and food practices. She teaches courses such as Race and Racism, Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to African American Studies, and Sports and the African American Experience. Her work can be found in the online publication The Shadow League, the South African Review of Sociology, and the Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education.