Dr Raspa has published 5 books, one of which, co-authored with an anthropologist, Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman, received an international award, the Botkin Prize, from the American Folklore Society, for the best first book in the field of folklore. He has published his research on chaos theory in European drama, on organizations such as General Motors and Dominos, on entrepreneurs, such as Donald Trump and Ted Turner, and on Abraham Maslow’s Relevance to Palliative care.
Every fall, he teaches the China Study Trip which brings Wayne State University students to China to make on-site visits to Chinese organizations. In the summer, he has begun to bring WSU medical students to China for a total immersion course in traditional Chinese healing. In 2005, he was appointed Associate Director for Humanities at the Center to Advance Palliative-Care Excellence, at the WSU. Currently he is collaborating with Dr. Rob Zalenski on a series of articles on medical humanities. He has twice received the highest teaching award at Wayne State University, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987 and 2005.
Area of Expertise
Richard Raspa’s research interests are interdisciplinary and include folklore, literature, narrative and organizational theory, and medical humanities.