Sonya Douglass Horsford is an Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she examines the history and politics of race, inequality, and leadership in U.S. education.

Horsford's research on Black school superintendents and school desegregation remain foundational to her scholarship, which is concerned primarily with how school and community leaders fulfill the promise of equality of educational opportunity for neglected and oppressed peoples. These themes are central to Horsford's book, Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration, and current projects examining the paradox of race and social justice leadership discourses in education research, practice, and policy.

Horsford is an active member of Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).  A more complete list of her affiliations and professional service activities are available on her CV.