Emily Rainey

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Emily Rainey

Emily Rainey

University of Pittsburgh
5111 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6034
Email: erainey@pitt.edu


Emily Rainey is an assistant professor of language, literacy, and culture at the University of Pittsburgh, where she serves as the faculty advisor for the English Education MEd program and a faculty fellow in the Center for Urban Education. Emily researches disciplinary literacy practices, disciplinary literacy teaching, and preservice teacher education. Two big questions guiding her work are 1) What does it mean to teach adolescents to read, write, and learn within and across the many discourse communities of their lives, including the academic disciplines? and 2) How do we best prepare the next generation of middle and high school classroom teachers to support adolescents’ sophisticated literacy learning? Emily is especially committed to improving the quality of literacy instruction in typically underserved school and community contexts.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator (2018-2020). Promoting disciplinary literacy and learning through multi source text inquiries: An instructional study of middle school learners. With Byeong-Young Cho [PI]. Spencer Foundation ($50,000).

Recent Publications