Sonya Douglass Horsford, is currently serving as Associate Professor of Education Leadership in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on the politics of race in education leadership, policy, and reform. She is the Founding Director of the Black Education Research Collective (BERC) and Co-Director of the Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) at Teachers College – an Ed.D. program for aspiring urban district leaders.

Before joining Teachers College, Horsford served on the education leadership faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her latest book, The Politics of Education Policy in an Era of Inequality: Possibilities for Democratic Schooling (with Janelle T. Scott and Gary L. Anderson offers a critical analysis of education policy amid widening social inequality, ideological polarization, and the dismantling of public institutions in the U.S.A.

Horsford is an active member of Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and currently serves as Chair of the Leadership for Social Justice SIG and Politics of Education SIG.