PhD, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (expected May 2020)
MA, Communication, Western Michigan University (May 2016)
BA, Communication, Western Michigan University (December 2013)
AA, Secondary Education, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (May 2011)
Doctoral student in interpersonal communication with an interest in communication technology, affectionate and sexual communication, and quantitative research methods.
My primary research interests are found within what others have called the dark side of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in interpersonal relationships. More specifically, I argue that mediated sexual communication (e.g., sexting) can benefit the partners and relationship in several ways. In other words, I am focused on finding the light out of what others have previously called dark or taboo. While I consider myself a CMC scholar most know me best for my work in sex and tech, human-robot interaction, and human-robot relationships (i.e., Lovotics).
Allen, M., Bourhis, J., Burrell, N., Benedict, B., Adebayo, T. O., Cherney, M., Richards, R. (2017). Evaluation of master’s program on the basis of Google citations. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 36(2), 51-69.
Richards, R., Coss, C., & Quinn, J. (2017, April). Exploration of relational factors and the likelihood of a sexual robotic experience. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 97-103. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-57738-8_9
Selected Conference Presentations
Richards, R. (accepted). Sexting as playful sexual communication: An investment model perspective. To be presented at the 104th annual conference of the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT.
Richards, R. (2018, July). Sexting as affectionate communication in romantic relationships. Presented at the International Association for Relationship Research, Fort Collins, CO.
Richards, R. & Beattie, A. J. (2018, May). The role of social presence in human-robot interaction research: A meta-analysis. Manuscript presented at the 68th annual International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.
Beattie, A. J. & Richards, R. (2018, May). Welcoming our robot confidants: Expectations of interactions with socially supportive robots. Manuscript presented at the 68th annual International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.
Richards, R., & Reyes, E. (2018, April). The role of emotional intelligence in romantic partner satisfaction, depression, and demand withdraw. Manuscript presented at the 85th annual convention of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI. (Top Paper Panel)
Richards, R., Coss, C., & Quinn, J. (2016, December). Exploration of relational factors and the likelihood of a sexual robotic experience. Manuscript presented at the 2nd annual International Congress of Love and Sex with Robots, London, UK.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Communication 370: Quantitative Research in Communication
Communication 313: Human Communication and Technology
Communication 105: Business & Professional Communication, Western Michigan University
Communication Inquiry (Quantitative Methods)
Global Media Literacy
Intro to Public Relations
Communication & Community Engagement
CGSC: President (2018-2019), Treasurer (2017-2018)
CSCA: Instructional Resource Division (2017-2020), Graduate Student Caucus (2015-2018)
International Congress of Love & Sex with Robots: Program Committee (2017-)
For more up to date information see: http://rileyrichards.org/