Dr. Patricia Richards, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, has been at the University of Georgia since 2002. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Institute of Native American Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Texas - Austin in 2002. Her specialty areas include global and transnational sociology; development; race, class and gender; social movements, and qualitative methodology.
Dr. Richards's first book, Pobladoras, Indígenas and the State: Conflicts Over Women's Rights in Chile, was published in 2004 by Rutgers University Press. In the book, she examines how state policy shapes the promotion of women's interests but at the same time contribute to the marginalization of particular classes and racial-ethnic groups. The book contributes to understandings of how actors who differ by gender, class, and race/ethnicity are articulated into the nation under reestablished democracies.
Professor Richards's second book, Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy, and Indigenous Rights, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. The book examines inter-cultural relations in the context of struggles over natural resources, multicultural policies, and indigenous rights in Southern Chile, documenting the ways that identity and development ideologies are reproduced and reinterpreted at the local level, and how systemic racism is articulated in the process.