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Alicia Richardson

Associate Professor
Elston Hall, Room 401B

M.A., Africana Studies, University at Albany
B.A., English, Saint Joseph College (University of Saint Joseph)

Alicia Richardson knew that she wanted to study and teach African American literature after reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved in high school. In graduate school, her research interests included stereotypes related to African American hairstyles and the discussion of those stereotypes in African American Literature. Ms. Richardson started her career at SUNY Schenectady County Community College in 2009 as a participant in the College’s Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. During her first year as an intern, she worked as an academic advisor, taught Developmental English courses, and was a writing consultant for the Learning Center/Writing Lab. It was during this time that she developed an affinity for teaching writing and reading skills to underprepared students.

Ms. Richardson is presently the Developmental English Coordinator for the Division of Liberal Arts and teaches a variety of courses: Integrated Reading & Writing II, College Composition, Literature and Writing, African American Literature, and Hispanic Literature; in addition, she is teaching an honors capstone seminar on black history through literature and film with Dr. Babette Faehmel.

Currently, her scholarly interests include Code-Meshing and Code-Switching; she enjoys working with students to help them develop their voices and recognize the beauty and importance of the variety of English languages (i.e. African American English, Puerto Rican Black English).

Recent Creative/Scholarly Work/Publications

Co-Facilitator of the “James Baldwin’s America” reading and discussion series sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Spring 2016

Recipient of the Capital District Leadership Council on Inclusion Multicultural Service Award, October 2015

Panel participant, Enhancing Representation through Diversity, Campus Governance Leaders Leadership Institute, Albany, NY, June 2015

Completed the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Seminar at Union College, sponsored by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, in 2014