EDUCATOR/RESEARCHER/WRITER

MaraLee Grayson

​​Mara Lee's research is intrinsically interdisciplinary and focuses on three broad areas:

1) Racial Literacy; 2) Composition Theory and Pedagogy; and 3) Teacher Education



  • Sociocultural Perspectives of Literacy
  • Racial Literacy in College Composition
  • Race and Language / Rhetorics of Race
  • First Year Composition Pedagogy
  • Positionality in Composition and Research
  • Bridging Personal Narrative and Argumentation
  • Yoga, Meditation and Writing
  • Antiracist Teacher Education
  • Critical Media Literacy
  • Narrative Song Lyrics as Literary Texts
  • Gender and Sexuality in Beat Era Literature


Awards and Honors:


  • Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award, 2018 - for "Race Talk in the Composition Classroom: Narrative Song Lyrics as Texts for Racial Literacy"
  • Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2017 - for Racial Literacy
    in the College Composition Classroom: Developing Discursive Practices through Critical Writing and Textual Analysis

  • Provost’s Grant for Professional Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016 - for Positionality
    and (Re)Presentation: Exploring the Narrative Self in Creative Nonfiction

  • Innovation Scholarship for Student Research, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2016 - for Racial Literacy
    in the College Composition Classroom: Developing Discursive Practices through Critical Writing and Textual Analysis

  • Goodman Fund Grant, The City College of New York, 2010 - for Legacies of Spain


RESEARCH