Raina León, PhD

An associate professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education, Raina León's academic research includes the effective use of digital technology in the classroom. An accomplished poet, she also studies the use of poetry as a tool to enhance diversity understanding in youth and adults.

Prof. Raina LeonLeón's academic interests include critical literacy, critical pedagogy, multicultural education,  educational technology, teacher education and adolescent literacy. In addtion to teaching courses on the foundations of secondary education and instructional design, León has received several prestigious poetry awards.

She is the author of the 2005 collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols —a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize (2006). Her most recent collection of poems, Boogeyman Dawn (2013), was a finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award.  León was recognized by the Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, in its 2013 list of U.S. Latino/a Voices in Poetry.

León can be reached in her office at (925) 631-4369 or by email at rjl6@stmarys-ca.edu. If you are member of the media, on deadline, and need assistance reaching the professor, or with another news topic, please contact Director of Media Relations Ben Enos at 925-631-4222 (office) or by email at bae3@stmarys-ca.edu.