Cindy Koenig Richards
  • Cindy Koenig Richards
  • Associate Professor of Civic Communication and Media; Department Chair; Ringe Media Lab Director
  • Ford Hall, Room 311
  • 503-370-6745

Cindy Koenig Richards

Dr. Richards is a rhetorical critic, historian, and theorist whose work investigates political advocacy, social change, and technologies of public discourse.

Her articles and reviews are published in journals including Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric and Public AffairsWestern Journal of Communication, and Southern Communication Journal, and her scholarship has been honored with the Most Outstanding Dissertation in Political Communication Award from the National Communication Association and the James L. Golden Award from NCA.

A recipient of the Willamette University Achievement Awards for teaching and research, Dr. Richards regularly teaches courses including Citizenship and the Public Sphere, US Women's Rights Activism, Networked Social Movements, Designing Media, Public Speaking, and Senior Research Seminar. Her former students, advisees and collaborators are active in leading graduate programs, communication firms, and non-profit organizations.  

Dr. Richards holds affiliate appointments in the American Ethnic Studies program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Willamette, and she is a faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion, Law and Democracy. Currently, she is serving a three-year term as secretary on the Executive Board of NCA's Public Address Division. Dr. Richards is a member of the editorial boards for the Southern Communication Journal and the Voices of Democracy Journal

She is Director of the Ringe Media Lab, which endeavors to: 1) equip students to analyze and create multimedia communication, and 2) develop, implement, and showcase models for the effective integration of technology in a liberal arts learning environment.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Richards promotes public engagement by directing Willamette's DebateWatch, directing the Conversation Series on Freedom and Responsibility in Public Life, and serving on the Native American Advisory Council. In 2014-2015 she will direct the Elect Her program at Willamette. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Willamette University, Dr. Richards completed her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and served as a Teach For America corps member in Washington D.C. 

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