Alexis Riley





By appointment only.


Alexis Riley is a teacher-educator, writer, and Stevie Wonder enthusiast. Originally from South Central Los Angeles, CA, Alexis is currently a doctoral candidate, earning her Ph.D. in Science Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. For the past ten years, Alexis has been a secondary Science and History teacher and/or curriculum and instruction specialist in charter schools both in Harlem and Brooklyn. Alexis has also served as a teacher-educator over the last five years working to build the practices and philosophy of first-year science teachers in DOE and charters schools as an adjunct professor.

  • M.S.Ed., Fordham University
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Black Feminist Thought
  • Racial Literacy in Science Teacher Education

National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Jhumki Basu Scholars Program, Ethics & Equity Committee, Spring 2019.

Wanninkhof Scholarship Award, STEMTeachersNYC, Physics Modeling, Summer 2016.

Health Equity Champion Award, The Center for Health Equity of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, May 2015.

Riley, A. (2020, January). Lifting as We Climb: A Phenomenological Study of About the Experiences of Black Science Teachers (ASTE).

Riley, A. (2019, April). Speaker at Graduate Student Research Panel, Diversity in Research & Practice Conference.

Riley, A. (2019, March). Racial Literacy in Science Education, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).

Riley, A. (2019, January). The Great Black Hope: An Examination of the Use of Black Bodies in a “Post-Segregation/New Integration” Educational Climate, Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE).

Riley, A. (2018, October). Racially Relevant Physics Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Howard University School of Education.

Riley, A. (2018, July). Race and Racism in Science Education. Center for K12 STEM Education. Tandon School of Engineering, New York University.

Riley, A. (2018, June). Racially Relevant Science Education. STEMTeachersNYC.

Riley, A. (2020). Lifting as We Climb: Re-Centering Black Women Science Teachers. ASTE Newsletter, Summer 2020, V. 54, Issue 4.

Riley, A. (2016). A Family and a Dream: A Journey from South Central to Life Beyond. Gumbo for the Soul: Liberating and Stories to Inspire Females of Color (pp. 257 – 260). IAP Publishing.