Mason Education Professor Honored for Work on School Desegregation

Posted: November 4, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: November 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

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By Catherine Probst

Sonya Horsford

Sonya Horsford

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) recently honored Sonya Douglass Horsford, associate professor of education in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, with its 2013 Critics’ Choice Award. The award recognizes her book, “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration.”

In her book, Horsford takes a historical look at the negative consequences of school desegregation on black communities in the United States. She also offers clear recommendations for what must be done to ensure student success in today’s increasingly diverse, yet resegregated schools.

“It is an honor to be recognized by AESA for my book about the complex legacy of school desegregation in America and the need to improve education in our nation’s urban school communities,” says Horsford. “We must continue to examine the dynamic interplay between race, power and politics in education, and I hope this book sheds some light on how can we foster greater equality and integration in schools.”

Horsford’s research areas and interests include educational leadership and policy, contexts of educational leadership, educational inequality and opportunity, race and education, and community-based school reform. In 2011, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from Division A of the American Educational Research Association and Outstanding Reviewer Award from Educational Administration Quarterly.

Her most recent publications include “Advancing Equity and Achievement in America’s Diverse Schools: Inclusive Theories, Policies and Practices;” and “Intersectional Identities and Educational Leadership of Black Women in the USA.”

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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