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Patricia Richards



Dr. Patricia Richards, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, has been at the University of Georgia since 2002. She serves on the steering committee for INAS and is also an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Texas - Austin in 2002. Her specialty areas include global sociology; race, class and gender; social movements, and qualitative methodology.

Dr. Richards's book, Pobladoras, Indgenas and the State: Conflicts Over Women's Rights in Chile, was published in 2004 by Rutgers University Press. In the book, she examines how state policy shapes the promotion of women's interests but at the same time contribute to the marginalization of particular classes and racial-ethnic groups. The book contributes to understandings of how actors who differ by gender, class, and race/ethnicity are articulated into the nation under reestablished democracies.

Professor Richards is currently finishing a book about inter-cultural relations in the context of struggles over resources and indigenous rights in Southern Chile. She is interested in documenting the ways that national identity and development ideologies are reproduced and reinterpreted at the local level, and how race/ethnicity, class, and gender hierarchies are articulated in the process.

Other recent publications include: "Of Indians and Terrorists: How the State and Local Elites Construct the Mapuche in Neoliberal Multicultural Chile," Journal of Latin American Studies (2010); "Bravas, Integradas, Obsoletas: Mapuche Women in the Chilean Print Media," Gender & Society (2007); and "Negotiating Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Mapuche Workers in the Chilean State," Social Forces (2007, with Yun-Joo Park).

She is the recipient of two teaching awards at UGA, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008) and the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).


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