Anne Richards

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Anne Richards, associate professor of English and university ombudsman at Kennesaw State University…

Georgia (Aug 16, 2012) — Anne Richards, associate professor of English and university ombudsman at Kennesaw State University, is a former Fulbright teaching fellow in Tunisia and has been appointed one of 22 active Fulbright ambassadors. 

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Richards’s scholarship and teaching reflect her diverse interests and expertise in the fields of digital media, rhetoric and design, as well as cultural, gender and peace studies. She has authored dozens of articles and chapters on these topics, as well as a number of books.

Richards’ recent publications delve into the ever-evolving world of digital media.  Her 2011 book — “Complex Worlds: Digital Culture, Rhetoric and Professional Communication” (Baywood), co-edited with Adrienne Lamberti, covers diverse topics including cyber activism, digital arrangement, citizen and open-source journalism, digital resumes, and intercultural communication.  In 2008, she co-edited, with Carol David, “Writing the Visual: A Practical Guide for Teachers of Composition and Communication” (Parlor Press).

Her newest book is “Muslims in American Popular Culture,” a three-volume reference collection forthcoming from Praeger in summer 2013.  The book is co-edited with Iraj Omidvar, also her co-editor on the collection “Travel Writing, Transculturalism, and Consciousness: The Occident as Other,” which is under review by Syracuse University Press.

Richards returned to Tunisia for five weeks in spring 2012 to gather data on the influence of social media during the recent revolution.  She will speak at the U.S. embassy in Tunis in March 2013 under the auspices of the Fulbright Specialist program.  She has also been invited to present research and training seminars in a number of regions south of the capital, including the Governorate of Sidi Bouzid, which is the birthplace of the “Arab Spring.” 

A member of the Kennesaw State faculty since 2004, Richards earned a Ph.D. in rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University in 2003.



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