Rebecca Richards is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UMass Lowell.

Rebecca Richards

Associate Professor

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
O'Leary Library, Room 464


Rhetoric and Composition; Publishing and Editing; Gender and Sexuality; Digital Rhetoric and Video Games


Rebecca S. Richards is an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research and teaching explore the intersections of rhetoric and writing, gender and sexuality, and media. Her first book, "Transnational Feminist Rhetorics and Gendered Leadership in Global Politics: From Daughters of Destiny to Iron Ladies" (2015), analyzes how gendered concepts circulate among women who have been world leaders. Her work also appears in journals like 'Feminist Formations," "Feminist Teacher" and "Kairos," as well as in several edited collections like "Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 Election" and the "Bloomsbury Approaches to Game Studies." Her second book, "Not Playing Around: Feminist and Queer Rhetoric's in Video Games," published in 2023 by Parlor Press in the Studies in Rhetoric's and Feminisms series, examines how video games present concepts, such as silence, listening and contemplation, that contribute to queer and feminist rhetorics. Before working in academia, Becca was an in-house and freelance editor, as well as a public high school teacher.