Ricardo Ainslie is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who uses books, documentary films, and photographic exhibits to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest. A native of Mexico City, he teaches at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the M.K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education. His books include No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change (1995), The Psychology of Twinship (1997) and Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder In Jasper, Texas (2004), and The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War (2013). His films include The Mark of War (2018), Crossover: A Story of Desegregation (1999); Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration (2006); Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico (2007); and The Mystery of Consciousness (2009).
In 2002 the Texas Psychological Association recognized him with its “Outstanding Contribution to Science” award, and in 2009 the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis recognized his work with its “Science Award.” Ricardo Ainslie was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2006. In 2010 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and also awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. He received the Psychoanalysis and Social Achievement Award in 2012. In 2014 he was inducted into the Texas Philosophical Society.
2014 - Awarded M.K.Hage Centennial Professorship in Education, University of Texas College of Education
2014 - Inducted into the Texas Philosophical Society
2012 - Psychoanalysis and Social Responsibility Achievement Award
2010 - Selected to be a Fellow in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (Creative non-fiction, 2010-2011)
2010 - Selected for Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency
2009 - Science Award, American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis
2006 - Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters
2005 - Runner-up Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for Best Non-Fiction
2005 - Fellow, American Board of Professional Psychology
2005 - Fellow in the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professorship in Education (to 2012)
2004 - Recipient Edith Sabshin Award, Outstanding Contribution to Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association
2003 - (with Sarah Wilson & DJ Stout) of Digital News Award for Best Project (photography, text, design), for Exhibit book: “The Road to Redemption: Jasper, Texas, The healing of a Community Crisis”
2002 - Outstanding Contribution to Science Award, Texas Psychological Association