Riché Richardson arriving in Atlanta, Georgia for the annual College Language Association conference (CLA) in April of 2012

 Curriculum Vitae

Riché Richardson after presenting at the CLA in Durham, North Carolina for the first time in 1994 as a first-year graduate student in the English Department at Duke University on a panel alongside Gregory Hampton (both discussed Terry McMillan) and Faith Smith from the Program in Literature.  It was an honor that the famed poet Mari Evans offered such compelling and thoughtful feedback to the panel afterwards


Riché Richardson pictured alongside Nobel Laureate and MacArthur "Genius" Grant Recipient Derek Walcott at Plumshire Inn in Davis, California during his landmark visit to the University of California, Davis campus in October of 2002, sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute.  Right to her is the noted literary critic Marc Blanchard, a colleague in Comparative Literature

Professor, Intellectual & Artist

Riché Richardson has established a solid and strong record of achievement and productivity in her scholarly research in areas such as African American literature, gender studies, Southern studies, and Africana studies, has been consistently innovative and effective in her teaching, and has done extensive service on her campuses and in the larger profession over the years.  She has served two terms as Director of Undergraduate Studies in her home department, the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, in which she spearheaded a revision of the curriculum (2009-11; 2013-15).  So far, she has served in three elected offices in academia, twice on the executive council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (2003-05); (2007-09), and on the executive committee of the Southern Literature Discussion Group (2006-11).  In the fall of 2016, she served as the Interim Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at Cornell.  She has served on the advisory board of Cornell's Center for Teaching Excellence (2014-16).  She has increasingly made a public impact and gained recognition for her work as both a scholar and artist.  She is currently serving her local community on the Tompkins County Historical Commission of the Tompkins County Legislature in Tompkins County, New York.  At the national level, she serves on the Sister Scholars Advisory Council in the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, and on the Archives Committee in the College Language Association, the leading professional organization in the field of African American literature.  As someone born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, she has long been committed to helping advance the mission of the Civil Rights Movement, and has been dedicated to being a writer, artist, and activist and working to help make a difference.  

Honors & Awards 

•Hull Memorial Publication Fund award for Emancipation’s Daughters from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, 2020          

•2019-20 Olive B. O'Connor Visiting Distinguished Chair in English,  Colgate University (Spring 2020)

•Arts and Humanities Colloquium Lecture, Colgate University, February 24, 2020

TOME Open Access Grant from Cornell University for Emancipation's Daughters, 2019

•Rabinor Lecture in American Studies, American Studies, Cornell University, 2017

•Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship, Op-Ed Project, 2017

•Educator of the Year Award, St. Jude Alumni & Friends, 2016

•Mellon Diversity Fellow, ”Scholars as Humans:  Enacting the Liberal Arts in Public,” Cornell University, 2016   

•Art quilt show Portraits II:  From Montgomery to Paris featuring 60 art quilts at Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery was highlighted on tours and helped to launch 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 2015

•Invited to join Sister Scholars Advisory Council of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, 2014

•Invited speaker at Rosa Parks’s Gala 100th birthday celebration in Montgomery; also invited by postmaster to participate in the historic stamp unveiling and presented with a framed display of stamps, 2013

• Book manuscript Black Masculinity and the U.S. South:  From Uncle Tom to Gangsta, “Outstanding Academic Titles, Humanities, 2008,” Eastern Book Company, 2009

•Book manuscript Black Masculinity and the U.S. South:  From Uncle Tom to Gangsta, “Outstanding Academic Titles, 2008,” Choice Books, 2009

•Honored with talk, film screening, exhibition and reception attended by 150 guests at the Ambassador’s Residence, the U.S. Embassy in France, January 14, 2009

•Federal Assistance Award from the U.S. Department of State for visit to France as a “Cultural Envoy” in Speaker Series, the U.S. Embassy in France, January 10-17, 2009

•Diversity and the Principles of Community Citation from University of California, Davis, 2008

•Publication Assistance Funds, University of California, Davis, 2005-06 

•Faculty Research Grant, University of California, Davis, 2003-04 


•Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship, 2002


•Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (the Johns Hopkins University), 2001

•Faculty Development Grant, University of California, Davis, Summer 2000

•New Faculty Research Grant, University of California, Davis,1998-99 

•Dewitt Wallace Dissertation Fellowship, Duke University, 1997-98

•Dewitt Wallace Graduate Fellowship, Duke University, 1993-98


Riché Richardson greeting Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at her gala 85th birthday dinner banquet in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel, during the Toni Morrison Society's biennial conference in July of 2016  


Riché Richardson seated with mentor and noted Langston Hughes scholar and Spelman College Professor Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper at the gala dinner banquet in New York City celebrating Toni Morrison's 85th birthday in July of 2016


Riché Richardson at the Bench by the Road placement ceremony of the Toni Morrison Society held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in July of 2016: the author A. J. Verdelle and Riché Richardson at the ceremony


Cornell associate professor Riché Richardson and the novelist Tayari Jones, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, who is also now a Cornell University A.D. White Professor-at-Large, at CLA in 2012; Richardson and Jones, Spelman alumni, with Spelman College Professor Geneva Baxter at CLA in 2012


National Historian of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Africana Center professor Robert L. Harris, Riché Richardson, and art historian Cheryl Finley at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Ford Fellows' Program in October, 2012 in Irvine, California 


Riché Richardson and Georgia State University professor Akinyele Umoja at the book signing at the Africana Center at Cornell on September 25, 2013 for We Will Shoot Back:  Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, which she introduced.  "Dr. Riché Richardson is a fantastic young scholar-activist who I knew as an undergraduate student at Spelman College. I am very proud to see her as a major force in the Africana Studies program at Cornell University"

National Book Award for Poetry recipient Nikky Finney, Rosa Parks Museum Founding Director  Georgette Norman, and Riché Richardson on February 5, 2013, celebrating the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery


Riché Richardson and scholar and playwright Lisa Thompson, at the Modern Language Association Convention in Austin, Texas in January of 2016; Richardson, Thompson and Angela Ards, literary scholar at Boston College 


Riché Richardson with former Spelman College president Beverly Daniel Tatum and Rihana Mason, research scientist at Georgia State University, at the Senior Ford Fellows' conference in Washington, D.C. in October of 2016; Adrienne Petty, historian at the College of William and Mary, and Richardson


Riché Richardson and the acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and artistic director of Jazz at the Lincoln Center, an A.D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell, during his landmark visit to campus in March of 2018

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Riché Richardson and former Black Panther Party Chairwoman Elaine Brown at dinner at the Height's Restaurant in Ithaca, following the leader's landmark interview with Noliwe Rooks at Cornell on October 4, 2016, "Radical Reform and New Age Racism in America: a Conversation," which Richardson introduced


Riché Richardson meeting Harry Edwards, author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete, on April 18, 2019, during his visit back to Cornell for the 50th 

anniversary of the Willard Straight Occupation, and as a member of the planning committee for the event sponsored by the office of the university president, Martha Pollack. Edwards has been an architect in shaping black athletic activism for over a half century in civil rights history, from John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s famous Olympic black power salute in 1968, to #TakeAKnee


The 2016 Black Lives Matter and #SayHerName march in Ithaca, New York, and the 2017 #TakeAKnee demonstration on Cornell's campus; images of the march were photographed by the Ithaca Journal


Riché Richardson pictured with Mary Smith Ware, from St.Jude Educational Institute's Class of 1955, who received the Legacy Award at the annual St. Jude Alumni & Friends Grand Reunion on November 23, 2018.  Ware made history as one of the 5 plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case (alongside Aurelia Browder, Claudette Colvin, Susie McDonald, and Jeanette Reese) filed by Attorney Fred Gray before the United States District Court that desegregated Montgomery public buses in the months after Rosa Parks's arrest on December 1, 1955, which culminated the Montgomery Bus Boycott