Maxine McKinney de Royston

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Maxine McKinney de Royston

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Maxine McKinney de Royston

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

476C Teacher Education Building  binoculars icon
225 N. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 608/265-3434

Curriculum Vitae


Ph D, Education, Research and Cognition in Mathematics Education
University of California, Berkeley

DSW, Education: Cognition & Development
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

BA, Government, African American Studies (minor)
Smith College

Research Interests

Professor McKinney de Royston's research is concerned with the construction of productive learning environments for racially non-dominant students (particularly Black students). Specifically, she examines how ideas and discourses related to race, identity, and equity influence the pedagogical and interactional practices within STEM learning environments and within schools.


  • McKinney de Royston, M., & Madkins, T. (2019). A question of necessity or of equity?: Full Service Community Schools and the (Mis)education of Black Youth. Journal of Education for Students at Placed at Risk.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., & Sengupta-Irving, T. (2019). Another Step Forward: Engaging the Political in Learning. Cognition & Instruction.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., & Nasir, N. (2017). Racialized Learning Ecologies: Understanding race as a key feature of learning and developmental processes in schools. In N.Budwig, E. Turiel, & P.D. Zelazo (Eds.), New Perspectives on Human Development. New York: Cambridge University.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., Vakil, S., Nasir, N., ross, K., Givens, J., & Holman, A. (2017). “He’s More Like a ‘Brother’ than a Teacher”: Politicized Caring in a Program for African American Males. Teachers College Record. 119(4), 1-40.
  • Nasir, N., & McKinney de Royston, M. (2013). Power, Identity, and Mathematical Practices Outside and Inside of Schools. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.


  • Ma, j., Gutierrez, R., Gholson, M., Kelton, M., & McKinney de Royston, M. (2019). Ontological Possibilities of Mathematics in Mathematics Education: An Activity-Based Exploration and Discussion, Bi-annual Meeting, Mathematics Education and Society, Hyderabad, India.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., Bryant, J., Anderson, K., Baxa, M., & Long, C. (2018). Gwen Marshall: Contemporary Black Teacher as Race Woman, American Educational Studies Association, Greenville, SC.
  • Langer-Osuna, J., & McKinney de Royston, M. (2017). Understanding relations of power in the mathematics classroom: Explorations in positioning theory, Bi-annual Meeting, Mathematics Education and Society, Volos, Greece.
  • McKinney de Royston, M. (2017). Learning While Black: Re-thinking schools in a neoliberal era, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., & Nasir, N. (2016). Race as a Fundamental Aspect of Social Ecology in Schools, Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.
  • McKinney de Royston, M. (2015). Rethinking Education & Learning: Characteristics of Productive Learning Ecologies for Black Students, Annual Conference, Ford Foundation, Washington, DC.
  • McKinney de Royston, M. (2014). Quantifying Liberation in Mathematics Education. In Theorizing Racism: Unpacking Supremacy, Privilege, and Justice, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, New Orleans, LA.
  • Engle, R.A., & McKinney de Royston, M. (2007). A Situative Approach to Progressive Refinement of Hypotheses in Video-Supported Research: Examining Differential Influence in an Unmoderated Student Argument, Vidéo de Situations d’enseignement-Apprentissage, Lyon, France.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2019 - 2021
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2018 - 2019
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2017 - 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Organization: Ford Foundation
    Date(s): 2015 - 2016
  • Other
    Organization: National Academy of Education
    Date(s): 2012 - 2014
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2010 - 2011
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: PIs: Geoffrey Saxe, Na’ilah Suad Nasir
    Date(s): 2010 - 2011
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