Ricardo Ainslie

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Ricardo Ainslie is professor in the Department of Educational Psychology.

His research interests reside primarily in the study of psychoanalysis and cultural experience through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

He pursues these topics primarily through descriptive methodologies that he terms psychoanalytic ethnography because it includes traditional psychoanalytic interviewing techniques, as well as psychoanalytic constructs for understanding individuals and communities.

Dr. Ainslie explores this intersection of culture and psychology in his classes and through documentary film, photographic exhibits and his books, including “Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder in Jasper, Texas” (University of Texas Press, 2004) and “No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change” (Jason Aronson, 1995/The Other Press, 2002).


Spring 2007

Life History and Documentary Approaches to Inquiry, EDP 369K 4-Object Relations Theory, EDP 386N