Mara Lee Grayson

Assistant Professor of English

Contact Information
La Corte Hall, B-326

Fall 2020 Office Hours: N/A

Mara Lee Grayson holds a Ph.D. in English Education from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. Her research focuses on race rhetorics and racial literacy in composition studies and teacher education. Grayson’s work has appeared in English Education, English Journal, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and Fiction, among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2018 Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award and a 2019 Emergent Researcher Grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Her books, Teaching Racial Literacy: Reflective Practices for Critical Writing and Race Talk in the Age of the Trigger Warning: Recognizing and Challenging Classroom Cultures of Silence provide theoretical framing and practical suggestions for instructors seeking to implement antiracist pedagogies in composition courses and across the curriculum.

Selected Recent Publications:

Grayson, M. L. (2020). Race talk in the age of the trigger warning: Recognizing and challenging classroom cultures of silence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (Book)

Grayson, M. L. (2020). The second essay that analyzes the first essay: Reflecting and revising in a writing classroom. Teaching English in the Two-Year College 47(4), 392-402. (Peer-reviewed journal article)

Grayson, M. L. (2020). 34 years later. Mobius: The Journal of Social Change 31(2). (Poem)

Grayson, M. L. (2019). Place, race, and mutability: Tom Petty’s ‘hillbilly’ rhetoric. In Sands, C. (Ed.), Critical Essays on Tom Petty. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. (Book chapter)

Grayson, M. L. (2019). Racial literacy is literacy: Locating racial literacy in the college composition classroom. Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, 24, 17-46. (Peer-reviewed journal article)

Grayson, M. L. (2019). The surreal world: Racism, capitalism, and complacency, millennial-style (review of Sorry to Bother You). St. John’s University Humanities Review, 16(1), 26-28. (Peer-reviewed journal article)

Grayson, M. L. (2018). Teaching racial literacy: Reflective practices for critical writing. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (Book) Grayson, M. L. (2018). Let your reader do some work: twelve theses (and an appendix) on leaving more to the imagination in academic assignments. English Education, 50(3), 283-291. (Peer-reviewed journal article)

Grayson, M. L. (2018, July). Inherited returns – A poem in three parts – Nos. 6, 14, & 23. English Journal, 107(6), 132. (Poem) Grayson, M. L. (2017). Race talk in the composition classroom: Narrative song lyrics as texts for racial literacy. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 45(2), 143-167. (Peer-reviewed journal article)

Selected Recent Presentations:

Grayson, M. L. (2018, November 17). Why middle matters: Pursuing justice and equity together – Framing our conversation. Featured speaker at Middle Section session at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Houston, TX.

Grayson, M. L. (2018, May 18). Who we are is how we teach. Keynote at the 17th Annual Faculty Institute at Pace University. Pleasantville, NY.

Grayson, M. L. (2018, March 15). Racial literacy IS literacy: A paradigm for writing instruction in first year composition. Oral presentation at the Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City, MO.