Dr. Mara Lee Grayson is a writer, professor, educational researcher, and racial literacy and antiracism consultant originally from Brooklyn, New York. 


She is the author of the books Teaching Racial Literacy: Reflective Practices for Critical Writing (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and Race Talk in the Age of the Trigger Warning: Recognizing and Challenging Classroom Cultures of Silence (Rowman & Littefield, 2020). Her scholarship, fiction, and poetry have also appeared in English Education, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, English Journal, St. John’s University Humanities Review, Fiction, Mobius: The Journal for Social Change, and The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, among other publications.


Mara Lee holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. She is an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she directs the Writing Center and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, race rhetorics, and equitable writing instruction. She has worked with the Urban Scholars, Poetry Outreach, and Teaching Fellows organizations, as well as the professional organizations NCTE, CCCC, and NJCEA.


She is available as a racial literacy and antiracism consultant for companies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in the Southern California area and across the United States.



MaraLee Grayson

Photo: Carly Street, CC Street Photography.

RACIAL LITERACY EDUCATOR/RESEARCHER/WRITER