Dr. Elaine Richardson

Professor of Literacy Studies, The Ohio State University


Cleveland, Ohio native, Dr. Elaine Richardson is currently Professor of Literacy Studies at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include the liberation and critical literacy education of people of the Black African Diaspora.  Her books include African American Literacies, (2003, Routledge), focusing on teaching writing from the point of view of African American Language and Literacy traditions; Hiphop Literacies (2006 Routledge) is a study of Hiphop language use as an extension of Black folk traditions.  Her urban education memoir, PHD (Po H# on Dope) to PhDHow Education Saved My Life, (2013, New City Community Press) chronicles her life from drugs and the street life to award-winning scholar, university professor, and art activist.  Richardson has also co-edited two volumes on African American rhetorical theory, Understanding African American Rhetoric: Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations (2003, Routledge) and African American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2004, Southern Illinois University Press), and one volume on Hiphop Feminism—Home Girls Make Some Noise (2007, Parker Publishing).

Among her many awards, in 2004, she was Fulbright lecturing/researcher in the department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Who’s Who Columbus 2013, 2014, 2015; National Council of Negro Women, Community Service Award, 2012; Outstanding Woman of Columbus, 2011; Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumni, 2007, and more.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Black Caucus for the The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

Dr. Richardson is the founder of The Ohio State University Hiphop Literacies Conference, as well as the nascent non-profit Education Foundation for Freedom, focusing on educational empowerment of women and girls.  Richardson, aka Dr. E is also a recording artist and performer, using her voice on behalf of those who may be down, but not out!  Of her urban education memoir, PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life, Professor Ted Lardner writes: “If Zora Neale Hurston had a god-daughter, she could be Elaine Richardson:  on so many paths, she comes to these pages a deep student of life–the one who studies it up close, unguarded, and, with a musician’s ear for the song that lives in all of her experience, brings home its truths in their fearsome and freeing power. This book, like the life it describes, is a work of spirit Richardson records for us, another way to talk to, and talk about, God.”  For more on Dr. E visit: www.phdtophd.com