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Dr. Patricia Richards, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. Her second book, Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy and Indigenous Rights was released by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. The book examines intercultural relations in the context of struggles over resources and indigenous rights in Southern Chile, exposing the ways that local, regional, and transnational realities are shaped by systemic racism in the context of neoliberal multiculturalism.  Her first book, Pobladoras, Indígenas, and the State: Conflicts over Women’s Rights in Chile, was published in 2004 by Rutgers University Press. The book examines how class and ethnic differences and inequalities among women are reflected in and reproduced by state structures intended to represent women's interests. In addition to her work in Chile, she has conducted field research in Ecuador and Bolivia. Other publications include “Sexual Harassment and the Construction of Ethnographic Knowledge,” forthcoming in Sociological Forum (coauthored with Becca Hanson), “The Spatiality of Boundary Work: Political-Administrative Borders and Maya-Mam Collective Identification,” forthcoming in Social Problems (coauthored with Jeffrey A. Gardner), “Of Indians and Terrorists: How the State and Local Elites Construct the Mapuche in Neoliberal Multicultural Chile,” in Journal of Latin American Studies 42:59-90, 2010, “Bravas, Integradas, Obsoletas: Mapuche Women in the Chilean Print Media,” in Gender & Society, 21(4): 553-578, 2007, “Negotiating Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Mapuche Workers in the Chilean State,” in Social Forces, 85(3): 1319-1339, 2007. (Co-authored with Yun-Joo Park), and “The Politics of Gender, Human Rights, and Being Indigenous in Chile,” in Gender & Society 19(2): 199-220, 2005.  She is the recipient of two UGA teaching awards, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008) and the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award (2007), and is a member of the UGA Teaching Academy.

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