Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Letisha Brown

Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown 

Assistant Professor


668 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 an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech University, in the Department of Sociology, and an affiliate of the Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Her research focuses on representations of black female athletes in the media, as well as the ways social relationships influence healthy eating, over eating, and food choices. She teaches courses such as Race and Racism, Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to African American Studies, and Social Inequality. 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.