Leilane Menezes is a doctoral student in the Department of Journalism. She researches topics related to news inequality, political communication and human rights, with focus on racial and gender issues.
Prior to joining Michigan State, she completed her Master's degree in Universidade do Porto (Portugal, 2021). She also worked as a reporter for 12 years covering humanitarian issues. Leilane Menezes has won 13 journalism awards, such as the Red Cross in Latin America and the Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) prizes.