Vaughn W. M. Watson
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education

P-12, Higher Ed

  • African American students
  • Civics
  • Common Core
  • Curriculum
  • Minority students
  • Race and diversity
  • Reading and literacy
  • Student-centered education
  • Urban education
  • Writing

Vaughn W. M. Watson is an assistant professor in the department of teacher education at Michigan State University. Vaughn’s areas of research focus are the interplay of literacy, reimagining identities, and envisioning civic imaginaries for black youth and youth of color across social and cultural contexts of English education, hip-hop and education, civic learning and action, and qualitative participatory research methodologies. Watson’s research and teaching examine how youth, making meaning of diverse literacies and identities across creative and artistic artifacts and practices affiliated with hip-hop, reframe understandings of changing mandates for student work, and teacher accountability. Watson has published research findings in various journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Urban Education, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. He taught English at a public high school in Brooklyn, New York for 12 years, is a former pop music writer for The Providence Journal, has coached high school track, and completed five marathons. He earned his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.