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Dr. Bedelia Richards
Associate Professor of Sociology
Profile
Dr. Richards' research agenda spans three overlapping areas of inquiry: immigration, race/ethnic relations and educational inequality. As an immigration and race/ethnicity scholar, her research has addressed the implications of the growing diversity of the U.S. Black population with a study on the experiences of second generation West Indians in New York City schools. Within the sociology of education, Dr. Richards has sought to understand better the dynamic ways in which race, class and culture intersect in shaping disparities in educational achievement, furthermore she is interested in schools as places where students perform their identities (race, ethnicity, class, gender).

Dr. Richards is currently working on a project that investigates how schools can provide first generation college students with the cultural and social capital to make a successful transition from high school to college. This project integrates her interest in immigration, race and ethnic relations with her interest in educational issues and social stratification, by making comparisons across immigrant (Latino) and non-immigrant (African American) students. It also expands upon her previous project’s focus on the experiences of high school students by addressing their transition from high school to college.
Publications
Books
Bedelia Nicola Richards with Rondini, Ashley C., and Nicolas Simon (Eds.) Clearing the Path: Qualitative Studies of the Experiences of First Generation College Students. Edited Volume with Lexington Books. Forthcoming 2017.
Articles

Richards, Bedelia Nicola. “Tracking and Racialization in Schools: The Experiences of Second Generation West Indians in New York City” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (published online June 8, 2016)

Richards, Bedelia Nicola (with Lauren Camuso) 2015 “Cultural Capital in the Classroom: The Significance of Debriefing as a Pedagogical tool in Simulation-based Learning”. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Volume 27 (1) peer reviewed.
Richards, Bedelia Nicola. 2014 “Ethnic Identity on Display: West Indian Youth and the Creation of Ethnic Boundaries in High School." Ethnic & Racial Studies, 37:6, 978-997 peer reviewed.
McDonald, Katrina Bell and Bedelia Nicola Richards. 2008. “Downward Residential Mobility in Structural-Cultural Context: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Mothers.” Black Women, Gender and Families. 2(1): 25-53
Chapters
Richards, Bedelia Nicola “Stereotype Threat and Help-Seeking Behaviors among First Generation Black and Latino Students. Clearing the Path: Qualitative Studies of the Experiences of First Generation College Students. Edited Volume with Lexington Books) Bedelia Nicola Richards with Rondini, Ashley C., and Nicolas Simon (Eds.) Forthcoming 2017.
Richards, Bedelia Nicola. 2008. “The Diasporized Hybrid: Second-Generation West Indians in Brooklyn” in Keri E. Iyall Smith and Patricia Leavy. Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations. Brill Publishers, Boston, MA, pp265-289.
Melissa F. Weiner, and Richards, Bedelia Nicola. 2008. “Bridging the Theoretical Gap: The Diasporized Hybrid in Sociological Theory” in Keri E. Iyall Smith and Patricia Leavy. Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations. Brill Publishers. Boston, MA, Pp101-116.
Education
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Temple University
Contact Information
302H Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-8076
(804) 287-1278 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Education
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Inequality
Immigration
Caribbean Immigrants