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Matthew Richardson

Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Chapter Member: Los Angeles Unified SSN
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Richardson has published articles in various academic journals such as TSQ, GLQ, Sexuality 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. His monograph is entitled, The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution (2013). He is a member of the Black Sexual Economies Collective and co-editor of Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital (2019).


Black Queer Studies Left Out Again

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Interviewed in "#GENDERFAILS with Dr. Matt Richardson," (with K. Marshall Green) October 21, 2023.
Opinion: "Find Your Black LGBTQ Joy; It’s Your Superpower," Matthew Richardson (with Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley), The Emancipator, August 30, 2022.
Opinion: "Our Black Transgender Marriage Is Not Revolutionary ," Matthew Richardson (with Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley), The Advocate, March 18, 2016.
Opinion: "Killed Outright or Left to Die: Black (Trans)Women and the Police State," Matthew Richardson, Society for Cultural Anthropology, June 29, 2015.


"Black Canvas" (Transgress Press, 2022).

A modern gothic thriller that propels readers through a maze of plot twists and turns that harkens to contemporary Black cinematic horror. Set at Dartmouth College in the 1980s, the Black non-binary protagonist navigates their first year of college amongst the ghosts of the college's violent history.

"The Queer Limit of Black Memory" (The Ohio State University Press, 2013).

Examines how literature written by Black lesbians creates an alternative archive of Black memory. Argues that Black lesbian texts celebrate both the strategies of resistance used by queer Black subjects and the spaces for grieving the loss of queer Black subjects that dominant histories of the African diasporas often forget.