Ailesha Ringer earned her B.A. in International Affairs with a specialty in Latin America from the University of Colorado-Boulder. After working in the private medical sector for a number of years, she found the M.A. program in Latin American Studies at UNM and happily enrolled. During her M.A. she concentrated on Communication and Sociology with a focus on media representations of race and sexuality, feminist studies, and the intersections of politics, race, and ecology. As a recipient of both a year-long and summer FLAS fellowship, she began to learn Portuguese and solidified her love for Brazil and languages.
Ailesha is a Ph.D. student studying intercultural communication, particularly in a Latin America context. An interdisciplinary scholar by heart, Ailesha plans to continue her long-standing appreciation for Latin America through numerous avenues including intercultural communication, the racialized performance of sex workers in Brazil, and the intersections of race, gender and the environment. Ailesha hopes to expand the scholarship on critical and cultural communication phenomena occurring in Latin America. An avid lover of all things active (unless she's got her nose in a good book), she enjoys exercise, walking her two precious pooches, going to live music shows, playing sports and watching football (both the American and original kind). She is excited to learn from her cohort members and create an academic environment of support, collaboration, community involvement, and compassion. Favorite books include anything by Roald Dahl, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, and The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.