Rebecca Richards
Associate Professor of English

PhD MA University of Arizona, BA Butler University

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  • On Sabbatical 2017-18

 

Becca Richards is a rhetorician and composition specialist, meaning that she likes making discourse and then critiquing how it could have been made more effectively. She received her BA in English and French from Butler University, and her MA and PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She specializes in transnational and feminist rhetorics, political rhetoric, multimodal writing, digital rhetorics and writing, writing program administration and assessment, gender studies, and critical pedagogies. Her work appears in scholarly journals like Feminist Formations, Feminist Teacher, Kairosedited collections such as Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election: Her Political and Social Discourse and Political Women: Language and Leadership; in digital scholarship like HASTAC; and in textbooks like Writing Public Lives. She recently (2014) published a book, Transnational Feminist Rhetorics and Gendered Leadership in Global Politics: From Daughters of Destiny to Iron Ladieswhich examines the rhetorical performances of women in positions of national leadership.

 

Becca’s current projects all center around digital rhetorics/writing, gender, and sexuality. For example, Becca is currently building a digital archive about women who have been heads of state around the globe. She is also working on a manuscript about gender and sexuality in videogames. Finally, Becca has been collaborating on a grant to address anti-feminist and misogynistic violence online.

 

Becca loves teaching writing as well as gender studies, media studies, and rhetorical studies. Before teaching college, Becca was a K-12 teacher, a freelance writer, and a children’s book editor.