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. 

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

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, as well as a reviewer for journals including Presidential Studies Quarterly.  

Professor Richards teaches courses including Technologies of Public Discourse, Feminist Rhetorics, Public Sphere, Designing Media, and Senior Research Seminar. Many of her courses emphasize project based learning and collaborative research. Her former students, advisees and collaborators are active in communication and media firms, public servicenon-profit organizations, and graduate programs. 

Professor Richards is engaged with digital humanities and directs the Ringe Media Lab. Her other service roles include the Board of Trustees Committee on Technology and Facilitites and the Willamette University Academic Technology Committee. 

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


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