Faculty & Staff

Gerald Graff, PhD


Gerald Graff has had a major influence on the practice of teaching through his many books on education, textbooks, and talks at schools and colleges. He pioneered the strategy of "teaching the conflicts," using the controversies that surround education to structure courses and curricula and close the gap between students and the culture of public argument. Graff's best selling textbook, *They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing*--co-written with Cathy Birkenstein--is used in over 1500 colleges and increasingly high schools, and Graff is quoted prominently on the educational centrality of argument in the new Common Core State Standards.  In 2008 Graff was President of the Modern Language Association of America.


PhD, Stanford University

Research & Teaching Interests

Graff has written five books and edited six others in a long career advocating ways that educational institutions can close the gap between academic intellectual culture and that of its students and other citizens. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and has lectured or consulted on curricular issues at more than 250 colleges and universities. In 2008, he becomes president of the Modern Language Association Of America.

Selected Publications

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (co-written with Cathy Birkenstein-Graff)