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Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright”, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Her co-authored book [with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis] Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces will be published in April 2021. 


Her first full-length collection of poetry Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kalediscope Vibrations LLC) was published in March, 2020, and her sophomore book of poetry, The Peace Chronicles was released in July 2021.

Please visit her website at and directly contact her at

Photo credit: Vincent Jones, II



  • Racial Literacy Development

  • Culturally Responsive Education

  • Black Girl Literacies

  • Black & Latinx Males


Doctor of Philosophy

New York University / New York City 

English Education, Curriculum & Technology

Postdoctoral Fellowship

New York University / New York University 

Master of Arts

Teachers College, Columbia University / New York City 

English Education

Bachelor of Arts

New York University / New York City 

American Literature / African American Literature

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