Office Hours for:
Fall 2014

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Barbara Richards

Professor of Sociology

Office: BH-254
Phone: (203) 332-5164


B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Richards earned her Ph.D. from a joint Sociology/Psychology program at the University of Michigan. She was an Assistant Professor in the School of Organization and Management at Yale University. She spent many years as a full-time community organizer in New Haven, working in low-income neighborhoods. She also served on the New Haven Board of Aldermen. She speaks Spanish and has been a volunteer community organizer in New Haven's immigrant Latino community. She has been a full-time faculty member at Housatonic since 1992. In recent years she has taught Principles of Sociology (in English and Spanish), Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Contemporary Social Issues, and a course called School and Community in which students do volunteer work in the community. She was elected by the faculty of the twelve Connecticut community colleges to the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education in Connecticut. Through that position she was able to learn about and be involved in statewide policy issues regarding higher education. She has done research on the question of how to improve student access to information that would facilitate successful transfer to a four-year institution after graduation from HCC.