Endria Richardson


Endria Richardson

Doctoral Student

E: endria_richardson@berkeley.edu

Endria Isa Richardson is a gay black and Malaysian scholar, writer, and lawyer. Endria’s work explores speculative literature as a site for the development and popular dissemination of critical philosophies of race, black phenomenology, decolonial thought, and theories of radical black utopianism. In conversation with thinkers such as Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon, Eduard Glissant, and José Esteban Muñoz, Endria’s work explores the underlying epistemologies that facilitate and hinder the realization of black utopian ideas in the real spaces of policy, law, and society.

Endria holds a B.A. in English from Harvard College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to beginning her research, Endria worked as a prison abolitionist policymaker in California, carving out black utopian alternatives to carceral solutions to poverty, mental illness, and violence. Working under the conviction that there is no wellness without the unfettered dreams of science fiction, fantasy, and—yes!—horror, Endria’s writing explores wild concepts of liberation, new Black and Brown ontologies, and alien epistemologies. Endria has been a MacLaughlin Children’s Trust Awardee, a Tin House Scholar, and a Spring 2023 writer-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin.