Matt Richardson

Graduate Director

Office Location

4707 South Hall


Areas of interest:

  • Black queer theory
  • Trans theory
  • Black feminist theory
  • Literature and cultural criticism
  • LGBTQ history
  • Culture and film theory 



Matt's interests are Black feminist studies, queer studies, trans studies, literature/cultural studies and film studies. He has published articles in various academic journals such as GLQSexuality Research and Social Policy, The Journal of Women’s History and Black Camera. He also has published fiction and poetry in publications like Pharos and Sinister Wisdom and Feminist Studies.



Richardson, M. The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2013.

Eds. Adrienne Davis and the Black Sexual Economies Collective. Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital. University of Illinois Press, 2019.


Richardson, M. “Ajita Wilson: Blaxploitation, Sexploitation, and the Making of Black Womanhood.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 7(2), 2020: 192-207. 

Richardson, M. “Killed Outright or Left to Die: Black (Trans)Women and the Police State.” Fieldsights. Society for Cultural Anthropology website, June 29, 2015

Tinsley, O and Richardson, M. “From Black Transgender Studies to Colin Dayan: Notes on Methodology.” Small Axe: a Caribbean Journal of Criticism 18 (3), 2014 : 152-161.

Richardson, M. “Make me Wanna Holler: Meshell Ndegeocello, Black Queer Aesthetics, and Feminist Critiques.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 18 (3), 2014: 237-251.

Richardson, M. “’My Father Didn’t Have a Dick’: Social Death and Jackie Kay’s Trumpet.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 18 (2/3), 2012: 361-379.

Richardson, M. “Our Stories Have Never Been Told: Preliminary Thoughts on Black Lesbian Cultural Production as Historiography in The Watermelon Woman.” Black Camera, 2(2), 2011: 100-113.

Richardson, M. “No More Secrets, No More Lies: African American History and Compulsory Heterosexuality.” The Journal of Women’s History 15(3) 2003: 63– 76.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issues, Editor

Race and Transgender Studies: A Special Issue, Feminist Studies 37(2), Eds. M. Richardson and L. Meyer, 2011: 237 pages.

The Issue of Blackness: A Special Issue, Transgender Studies Quarterly 4 (2), Eds. (in alphabetical order) Treva Ellison, Kai M. Green, Matt Richardson and C. Riley Snorton, 2017: 164 pages.

Book Chapters

Richardson, M. and M. Bailey. “Why Keep on Trippin’? Fear of a Black Queer Gender.” Black Sexual Economies, Eds. Adrienne Davis and the Black Sexual Economies Collective. University of Illinois Press, 2019. 

Richardson, M. “Reinventing the Black Southern Community in Sharon Bridgforth’s loveconjure/blues Text Installation.” Blacktino Queer Performance. Eds. E. Patrick Johnson and Roman Rivera-Servera. University of Michigan Press, 2017.

Richardson, M. “Barbara Smith: Interviews and Conversations” Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round:Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. Eds. Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks. SUNY Press, 2014: 194-229

Page, E. and M. Richardson. “On the Fear of Small Numbers: A Twenty-first Century Prolegomenon of the U. S. Black Transgender Experience.” Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies. Eds. Juan Battle and Sandra L. Barnes. Rutgers University Press, 2009: 57-81.

Richardson, M. “Afterword: Black Queer Memory in Cherry Muhanji’s Her.” Afterword to second edition of Her, A Novel. Aunt Lute Books, 2006: 187–194.

Chess, S., A. Kafer, J. Quizar, and M. Richardson. “Calling all Restroom Revolutionaries!” That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Ed. Mattilda, AKA Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Soft Skull Press, 2004: 189–206.

Bailey, M., P. Kandaswamy, and M. Richardson. “Is Gay Marriage Racist?” That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Ed. Mattilda, AKA Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Soft Skull Press, 2004: 87–93.

Richardson, M. “What You See is What You Get: Building a Movement Toward Liberation in the Twenty-First Century.” This is What Lesbian Looks Like: Dyke Activists Take on the 21st Century. Ed. Kris Kleindienst. Firebrand Books, 1999: 210–219.

Fiction and Poetry

Richardson, M. “Brother/Sister/Comrade/Friend.” Feminist Studies 37(2), 2011: 388-389.

Richardson, M. “How Long?” Feminist Studies 37(2), 2011: 387.

Richardson, M. “Cake.” Queer Codex: Rooted! Ed. Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano. Evelyn Street Press, 2008: 35–47.

Richardson, M. “From ‘Cornrows.’” Pharos 3(2), 1997: 23-27.

Richardson, M. “Audrey.” 13th Moon: A Feminist Literary Magazine 15(1&2), 1997: 79-88.


“Stepping Back, Looking Outward: Situating Transgender Activism and Transgender Studies—Kris Hayashi, Matt Richardson, and Susan Stryker Frame the Movement.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of the NSRC Special Issue 5(1), Ed. Paisley Currah, contributions by Matt Richardson, Kris Hayashi and Susan Stryker, 2008: 93–105.