Riché Barnes


Riché J. Daniel Barnes is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College. A socio-cultural anthropologist, Riché focuses on a broad range of issues concerning Black families and is the author of Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community (2016), in which she coined the term black strategic mothering while investigating what she refers to as the neo-politics of respectability. Riché is the co-founder and director of the Association of Black Anthropologists Mentoring Program, the President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and winner of the 2019 AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology. She is a scholar-activist committed to social justice action including the Movement for Black Lives and #SayHerName. Riché has a 20-year-old daughter and twin 18-year-old sons, and she describes writer-motherhood in three words as: “Supporter. Creative. Industrious.”

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