New Book: Emancipation's Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body, Duke University Press, 2021
This book examines figures such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice, and Michelle Obama across its four chapters, along with Beyoncé in the conclusion. Research from this book was foundational for developing the Op-Ed piece on Aunt Jemima for the New York Times by Riché Richardson in 2015 entitled "Can We Please, Finally, Get Rid of Aunt Jemima?" In 2016, this book's research similarly informed an interview with the Associated Press on the question of featuring Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, which was cited in 375 media stories, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. In 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, Richardson's interviews on the Aunt Jemima brand’s removal by PepsiCo were featured in over 552 media outlets that reached over 1.5 billion, including NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, Al Jazeera, and NPR, as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and various other outlets.
n.d. “Slaves to Love: White Masculine Possessions and Obsessions in New Novels of Slavery.”
n.d. “Richard Wright, Black Power and Chinese Poster Art.”
n.d. “Thinking Ta-Nehisi Coates.”
n.d. “Neo-Condi Rice.”
2016 “The Eight Debate: The Hottentot, the Handmaid and the Octomom.” Labrys. 29 (2016).
2015 “From the 'Summer of Faulkner' to Oprah's Obama: What We Can Learn from Joe Christmas and Miss Jane Pittman." “The Summer of Faulkner: Oprah’s Book Club, William Faulkner, and 21st Century
America.” Ed. Jaime Harker, Jay Watson, and Cecilia Konchar Farr. The Mississippi Quarterly 3(2013): 459-486.
2014 "'The Bed Intruder' -News Video Goes Viral: Antoine Dodson as Internet Celebrity and Commodity." “On Gender and Sexuality.” Ed. Amber Johnson. Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society 4(2014). (online)
2014 “Monumentalizing Mary McLeod Bethune and Rosa Parks in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” “The Genius of Black Women: One Hundred Years of Triumph.” Ed. Darlene Clark Hine and Paula Giddings. Phillis: The Journal for Research on African American Women 2:1 (2014): 23-30.
2013 “Framing Rosa Parks in Reel Time.” Southern Quarterly 4(2013): 54-65.
2012 “Push, Precious and New Narratives of Slavery and Harlem.” Black Camera 4 (2012): 161-180.
2010 “Kara Walker’s Old South and New Terrors.” NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art 25(2009): 48-59.
2009 “Binding Nations through Art Quilts and a Trip to the U.S. Embassy in France as a Cultural Envoy.” TransAtlantica: American Studies Journal 2 (2009). (online)
2007 “Madame Kara Walker: Notre Artiste.” TransAtlantica: American Studies Journal 2(2007). (online)
2007 “Southern Horrors, Global Terrors.” Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire 7(2007): 128-39.
2006 “The U.S. South and the World.” American Literature 78 (2006): 722-24.
2005 "The Geography of Black Masculinity and Charles Fuller’s Southern Specter." American Literature 77(2005): 7-32.
2004 "'A House Set Off from the Rest': Ralph Ellison's Rural Geography." Forum for Modern Language Studies 40 (2004): 126-144.
2004 Commentary. Concluding Roundtable: Postcolonial Theory, the U.S. South, and New World Studies. The Mississippi Quarterly. 57:1 (Winter 2003/2004): 171-194
2004 “Southern Turns.” The Mississippi Quarterly 56 (2003): 555-577.
2003 "'The Birth of a Nation 'Hood': Lessons from Thomas Dixon and D.W. Griffith to William Bradford Huie and The Klansman, O.J. Simpson's First Movie." The Mississippi Quarterly 56 (2002-03): 3-31.
ESSAYS IN BOOKS
n.d “The Blackness in Stepford and the Shadow of the Southern Gothic.”
n.d. “Bring in da’ Dirty South: The Uncle Huck-a-Buck Stereotype and Black Southern Masculinity.” Ed. Gene Melton and Catherine Mainland. Silenced Masculinities.(submitted)
n.d. The Nat Turner Revolution and Confronting "Confessions" in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. Ed. Suzette Spencer. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press). (submitted)
2021 “Beyoncé’s South and a ‘Formation’ Nation.” Finding Art, Activism, and Community with Beyoncé. Ed. Christina Baade and Kristin McGee (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press). (forthcoming)
2021 “A Ride to New Futures with Rosa Parks: Producing Public Scholarship and Community Art.” Scholars as Humans: Enacting the Liberal Arts in Public. Ed. Debra Ann Castillo and Anna Bartel (Ithaca: Cornell University Press).
2020 "No Longer "Obsolete" and "Dangerous," but Still Single: Masculinity and Marriage in African American Film at the Dawn of the 21st Century.” #Black Relationships. Ed., Tapo Chimbganda (Lexington Books: Rowman and Littlefield).
2019 “The Truth Sleuth: The Detective Journalism of William Bradford Huie and Thulani Davis’s Everybody’s Ruby.” Detecting the South: The Intersections of Film Noir, the Detective Genre and the Southern Imaginary, Ed. Deborah Barker. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press).
2018 Foreword. He Slew the Dreamer by William Bradford Huie. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018).
2017 “’A Little Bit Too Much Africa for Me’: Steve Harvey, Black Sexuality and the Global South in Still Trippin’.” Sex and Sexuality in the Recent South, Ed., Trent Watts (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press).
2016 “From ‘My Old Man’ to Race Men in Quicksand.” Approaches to Teaching Nella Larsen, Ed. Jacquelyn Y. McLendon. Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
2016 “Romance/Abjection.” Critical Terms for Southern Studies. Ed., Scott Romine and Jennifer Greeson (Athens: University of Georgia Press , 2016).
2015 “Artistically Re-Creating and Re-Imagining Mammy, Rhett and Scarlett.” New Approaches to Gone with the Wind.” Ed. Andy Crank. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015).
2015 “E-Raced: Trayvon, Twitter and Touré.” The Trouble with Postblackness. Ed. Houston A. Baker Jr. and Merinda Simmons (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015), 93-109.
2014 “Oprah’s Faulkner.” Ed. Peter Lurie and Ann J. Abadie. Faulkner and Film (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014), 120-145
2013 “Remodeling the Black Family in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” The Tyler Perry Reader. Ed. Ronald Lee Jackson and Jamel Bell. (New York: Routledge, 2013), 288-299.
2011 Postscript. “Black Masculinity and New Precedents.” Fathers, Preachers, Rebels, Men: Black Masculinity in U.S. History and Literature. Ed. Peter Caster and Tim Buckrest (Cleveland: The Ohio State University Press, 2011), 246-254.
2011 “'Mammy’s Mules and the Rules of Marriage in Gone with the Wind.” American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary. Ed. Kathryn McKee and Deborah Barker (Athens: University of Georgia Press,
2000 “Blundering the O.J. Simpson Verdict: Black Female Subjectivity, Pedagogy, and the Personal.” Blundering for a Change: Errors and Expectations in Critical Pedagogy. Ed. John Tassoni and William Thelin (London: Heinemann, 2000).
Riché Richardson as Keynote Speaker at Rosa Parks Gala 100th Birthday Celebration at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, AL, on February 4, 2013 and highlights on cable television broadcast on Capital City Connection (CCC) in the state of Alabama. Pictured above are Rosa Parks's family members from Atlanta, along with Mrs. Mineola Dozier Smith (94), a Montgomery Fair coworker of Rosa Parks who was the elevator operator, and who was also on the bus the night that Mrs. Parks was arrested in 1955.
"Rosa Parks @ 100," February 7, 2013, Cornell University
"Hattie McDaniel's Legacy and the Rules and Mules of Marriage in Gone with the Wind," March 24, 2009, Cornell University
Riché Richardson’s research has mainly focused on two questions: the status of the South in the United States in shaping race and gender, and the status of the region in shaping the African American and American as categories, along with masculinity and femininity. In addition, it has examined the global and Hemispheric impact of the U.S. South. Her research project, which she has primarily established through her first two book manuscripts, is grounded in gender studies in its emphasis on masculinities and femininities and explores the nationalization of ideologies of race and gender with origins in the South. It has examined topics from the legacy of Rosa Parks to the dirty South rap genre in hip hop. The body of nearly 40 academic essays that she has produced and continues to develop builds upon the primary concerns of this research project and explores multiple topics of interest, including black feminism, along with studies of masculinity and sexuality, popular culture (including television, film studies, Oprah studies and Beyoncé studies) art, and literary studies. In some cases, Richardson’s teaching in the classroom is informed by her research, which she also shares by regularly participating on panels at professional conferences and symposia.
"Book of the Month," The Georgia Informer, March 2007
Choice Books' "Outstanding Academic Titles, 2008”
Eastern Book Company's “Outstanding Academic Titles, Humanities, 2008”
Amanda Smith, "Richardson Pens Groundbreaking
Book Addressing Black Masculinity"
Talks on Black Masculinity and the U.S. South:
Troy University, February 15, 2007
University of California, Davis, March 7, 2007
2018- The New Southern Studies. University press book series
2005-18 Co-Editor. The New Southern Studies. University press book series. The University of Georgia Press (24 academic manuscripts published, including several award-winning titles)
2015 “Can We Please, Finally, Get Rid of ‘Aunt Jemima’?” “Room for Debate.” New York Times. June 24, 2015
2017 “Seen and Not Heard: Black Women’s Voices Matter.” HuffPost. April 10, 20177
2017 “Bill Cosby’s Trial and Error.” HuffPost. July 20, 2017
2017 “William Bradford Huie’s The Klansman 50 Years Later and the Birth of Donald Trump.” Public Books. August, 2017
2017 “Forgetting Farrah.” HuffPost. December 31, 2017
2019 “What Teaching about the Straight Occupation Has Taught Me and What It Can Teach Everyone.” Ezra: Cornell’s Quarterly Magazine. Spring, 2019
2019 “Teaching Toni Morrison.” The Cornell Daily Sun. August 28, 2019
2020 “Kneeling in Prayer and Protest.” The Cornell Daily Sun. June 3, 2020