Robert C. Richards Jr.
- B.A., Yale University, 1992
- M.A., University of Iowa, 1994
- M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
- J.D., University of Virginia, 2006
- Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016
Robert C. Richards, Jr. studies legal and political communication and information. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, he conducts research on ordinary citizens’ legal communication, legal information intermediaries such as lawyers and legal journalists, and legal information systems. He also studies deliberative democratic theory. His dissertation concerns how legal information about ballot initiatives is communicated to voters. He has taught courses on effective speech with individual and small-group emphases (CAS 100A; CAS 100B) and is teaching a course on rhetoric and law (CAS 321 World Campus). He has presented his research at meetings of the National Communication Association and the Law and Society Association. Articles that he has co-authored have been published in International Encyclopedia of Political Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Public Deliberation, Policy & Internet, Politics & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and Field Actions Science Reports.