Rashna Richards

Rashna Richards

Professor of English, Chair of Media Studies


Ph.D., English (Film and Media Studies), University of Florida, 2006
M.A., English, West Virginia University, 2001
M.A., English, University of Mumbai, India, 1999
B.S., Business, Narsee Monjee College, India, 1997

Rashna Wadia Richards serves as the Dean for Faculty Reviews and Assessment. Her primary area of responsibility includes overseeing all phases of faculty reviews at Rhodes. In addition, she coordinates the evaluation of department and program Chairs in collaboration with the Associate Provost, manages the early leave and faculty sabbatical programs, and facilitates the external reviews of departments and programs. Dr. Richards represents the Provost’s Office on the Data Stewardship and Advisory Committee as well as the Administrative Assessment Committee. The Director for Assessment and Academic Effectiveness and the Faculty Fellow for Communication report directly to her. She serves as a liaison to the College’s Office of Communications.

Dr. Richards also chairs the interdisciplinary program in Media Studies. Her teaching and research interests include American film and television, critical theory, and transnational cultural studies. She has published three books. Her first monograph, Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood (2013), and her co-edited collection, For the Love of Cinema: Teaching Our Passion in and outside the Classroom (2017), were published by Indiana University Press. Her third book, Cinematic TV: Serial Drama Goes to the Movies (2021), was just published by Oxford University Press.



Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Visualizing with New Comprehension: Mothering and Autoethnography,” in Mothers of Invention: Parenting and/as Filmmaking Practice, eds. Corinn Columpar and Sophie Mayer (Forthcoming). 

“Love, Desi Style: Arranged Marriage and Transnational Mobility in Mira Nair’s The Namesake.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 26.1 (2017): 64-80.

“Introduction: Love and Teaching, Love and Film,” For the Love of Cinema: Teaching Our Passion in and outside the Classroom, eds. Rashna Wadia Richards and David T. Johnson (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017), 1-23.

“Translating Cool: Cinematic Exchange between Hong Kong, Hollywood, and Bollywood.” Transnational Film Remakes, eds. Constantine Verevis and Iain Robert Smith (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 118-129.

“(Not) Kramer vs. Kumar: The Contemporary Bollywood Remake as Glocal Masala Film.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 28.4 (2011): 342-352.

“Unsynched: The Contrapuntal Sounds of Luis Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or.” Film Criticism 33.2 (2008-09): 23-43.

“Loose Ends: The Stuff That Movies Are Made of.” Arizona Quarterly 63.4 (2007): 83-118.

“Show-Stoppers: 1937 and the Chance Encounter with Chiffons.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 48.2 (2007): 84-110.

“So Many Fragments, So Many Beginnings, So Many Pleasures: The Neglected Detail(s) in Film Theory.” Criticism 45.2 (2003): 173-195. (Published under maiden name, Wadia)


Short Essays and Reviews

“Teaching Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” The Cine-Files 9 (2015).

“Nothingness, Spectacle, Cinema.” Film Quarterly 61.4 (2008): 92-93.

Review of Mira Nair’s The Namesake. Scope 10 (2008).

“Re-Viewing Cinephilia: The Movement and the Moment.” Politics and Culture 1 (2006).

“Humphrey Bogart,” Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003), 95-96. (Published under maiden name, Wadia)

Review of Thomas Cartelli’s Repositioning Shakespeare: National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations. Shakespeare and Renaissance Association Selected Papers 24 (2001): 77-79. (Published under maiden name, Wadia)