Sandra Richards

Sandra Richards is the director of Northwestern University in Qatar’s liberal arts program and a professor-in-residence in the departments of African American studies and theatre. On Northwestern’s Evanston campus, Richards also serves as a professor of performance studies. She specializes in American, African American, African, and African diaspora theatre and drama, having authored Ancient Songs Set Ablaze: The Theatre of Femi Osofisan and numerous articles on a range of black dramatists. From 2001-2004, she held the Leon Forrest Professorship of African American Studies that supported ongoing research on issues of cultural tourism to slave sites throughout the Black Atlantic. Working as a co-editor with Sandra Shannon of Howard University, Richards is preparing The MLA Handbook of Approaches to Teaching the Plays of August Wilson.


PhD Drama, Stanford University
AB English and French Literature, Brown University


Performance and the Public Sphere: A Festschrift in Honor or Professor Sandra L. Richards, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education, from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, 2007


“Women Playwrights in American Theatre,” with Kathy A. Perkins, Theatre Journal 62.4 (December 2010): 541-545.
“In the Kitchen, Cooking Up Diaspora Possibilities: Bailey and Lewis’s Sistahs,” Theatre Research International 35.2 (July 2010): 152-163.

“‘Function at the Junction’: African Diaspora Studies and Theatre Studies,” Tejumola Olaniyan and James H. Sweet, eds., The African Diaspora and the Disciplines (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010): 193-212.

“Space, Water, Memory: Slavery and Beaufort, South Carolina” Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power 21.3 (2009): 255-282.

“Landscapes of Memory: Representing the African Diaspora’s Return ‘Home’” in Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Paul E. Lovejoy and David V. Trotman, eds., Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories: Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2008): 291-301.

Sandra Richards

Director, Liberal Arts Program, Professor in Residence; Professor


Program at NU Qatar


Northwestern University Qatar
NW Univ M/S 1801Q
2020 Ridge Avenue
Evanston IL 60208 USA