Dr. Matthew S. Richards

Contact and Overview

Email Address 


Office Hours

Tuesday: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

And by appointment

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Ph. D., Communication Studies, University of Utah 2016
M.A., Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University 2009
B.A., Communication Studies, Marshall University 2007


Currently Teaching (Spring 2023)

COM 2105 Public Speaking in Disciplines
COM 2181 Intro to Rhetorical Theory

Courses Taught at ASU

COM 1200 – Thinking Through Communication
COM 2101 – Public Speaking
COM 2105 – Public Speaking in the Discipline
COM 2181 – Intro to Rhetorical Theory
COM 3119 – Communicating Coal in Appalachia

Research Interests

Resistance/ Control
Appalachian Studies
Social Movements


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Richards, Matthew S. (2020). The Rhetorical Register of Class: Gender, Resistance, and Social Justice in Appalachia’s Coalfields. Journal of Appalachian Studies, 26(2), 248-263. https://doi.org/10.54/jappastud.26.2.0248
  • Richards, Matthew. S. (2019). Seizing A Violent History: Kairos, Class, and Resistance in Appalachia’s Coalfields. Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, 16(4), 269–286. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.1080/14791420.2019.1644526
  • Richards, Matthew. S. (2019). “Normal for His Culture”: Appalachia and the Rhetorical Moralization of Class. Southern Communication Journal, 84(3), 152–169. https://doi.org/10.1080/1041794X.2019.1566399
  • Richards, Matthew. S. (2016). The Gulabi Gang, Violence, and The Articulation of Counterpublicity. Communication, Culture & Critique, 9(4), 558–576. https://doi.org/10.1111/cccr.12139

Other Publications

  • Richards, Matthew. S. (2014). Book Review: The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings by Alain Badiou. Translated by Gregory Elliot.  Philosophy and Rhetoric, 47(1), 104–112.

Campus Speech Coordinator

As Campus Speech Coordinator for the Dept. of Communication and working closely with AppSpeaks, I work to create events on campus that promote student voices. This includes our Fall Appalachian Spoken Traditions event celebrating poetry and storytelling on campus and in our broader community, our Panorama event in the Spring featuring student speakers from across campus, and numerous open dialogue events throughout the school year.  You can find our past events on AppTV or our YouTube channel.

Title: Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Department: Affiliate Faculty - Appalachian Studies, Affiliate Faculty - Graduate School

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7527

Office address
Walker Hall 120