Cindy Koenig Richards

Associate Professor, Ringe Media Lab Director

Cindy Koenig Richards is a scholar of rhetoric, media, and technology. 

Dr. Richards is an an associate professor at Willamette University, where she served as the founding chair of the Civic Communication and Media department. She holds affiliate appointments in the American Ethnic Studies program, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the Arts, Technology and Multimedia program. 

Her articles and reviews are published in journals including Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Western Journal of Communication, and Southern Communication Journal. Currently, she is a member of the editorial boards for Southern Communication Journal and Voices of Democracy Journal

Professor Richards teaches courses including The Public Sphere, Technologies of Public Discourse, Feminist Rhetorics, Designing Media, Public Speaking, and Senior Research Seminar. Her former students, advisees and collaborators are active in communication and media firms, public service, non-profit organizations, and graduate programs. 

In 2016 she received the United Methodist Award, Willamette University's highest honor for excellence in teaching and service. 

Professor Richards earned her Ph.D. and M.A. at Northwestern University, where she was an Ecroyd Fellow and Alumnae Fellow. Previously, she worked as a science teacher and department chair in Bronx NY and Washington DC public schools. 

Willamette students who would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Richards are invited to view her calendar and sign up for an available appointment.


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.S., Willamette University