Curriculum Vitae
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 currently serves on the Tompkins County Historical Commission in Tompkins County, New York.   

Honors & Awards 

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

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

•Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001

•Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship, 2002

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

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

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

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

•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

•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. 

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

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

Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship, 2017

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