Richardson, Riché

Associate Professor
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Riché Richardson is currently an associate professor of African American literature in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University.  Her other areas of interest include American literature, gender studies, and Southern studies.  In 2001, she received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She spent the first 10 years of her academic career in the University of California system at the University of California, Davis and served as the campus representative for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP) from 2006-08.  She is a recipient of a Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship (2002) and an award from the university for Diversity and the Principles of Community (2008).  Her essays have been published in journals such as American Literature, Mississippi Quarterly, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, TransAtlantica, the Southern Quarterly, Black Camera, NKA, Phillis, and Technoculture.  Her first book, Black Masculinity and the U.S. South:  From Uncle Tom to Gangsta (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007), was highlighted by Choice Books among the "Outstanding Academic Titles of 2008," and by Eastern Book Company among the "Outstanding Academic Titles, Humanities, 2008."  Since 2005, she has served as the coeditor of the New Southern Studies book series at the University of Georgia Press.  She serves on the Delta Research and Educational Foundation’s Sister Scholars Advisory Council.  Richardson is also a visual artist whose mixed-media appliqué art quilts are the subject of a chapter in Patricia A. Turner’s Crafted Lives:  Stories and Studies of African American Quilters (2009).  Richardson’s art quilts are the subject of the short film by Anne Crémieux and Géraldine Chouard entitled A Portrait of the Artist (2008) and are featured in Lauren Cross’s film The Skin Quilt Project (2010).  In January of 2009, Richardson was invited to Paris as a “Cultural Envoy” by the U.S. Embassy in France in tandem with the national exhibition “Un Patchwork de Cultures” and honored with a talk, reception, exhibition and film screening at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in the city.


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