Sonya Horsford Biography
Sonya Douglass Horsford is an Associate Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the wife of Nevada’s 4th congressional district representative, Steven Horsford.
Dr. Sonya Horsford Education
Sonya has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Journalism from Colorado State University. She has an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Sonya Horsford Teachers College
Sonya is an associate professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she serves as Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and Co-Director of the Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) – an Ed.D. program for aspiring and practicing urban school superintendents. Her research focuses on the social and political contexts of school leadership, school segregation, critical race theory, Black education and the superintendency.
She is the founding director of the Black Education Research Collective (BERC) – a project seeking to generate new knowledge at the intersection of Black studies and education research and build connections across research, policy, and practice communities in ways that support the education of historically disenfranchised and underserved learners of all ages.
She previously served on the education leadership faculty at George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
She is a member of Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).
Dr. Sonya Horsford Husband (Steven Horsford Wife)
Dr. Sonya got married in 2000 to American politician and businessman Steven Horsford, currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Nevada’s 4th congressional district. He was the first African American to serve as Majority Leader (2009–2013) and the first African American to represent Nevada in Congress.
On May 15, 2020 Steven admitted that he had an affair with Gabriela Linder. The relationship began in 2009 when Steven was the majority leader of the Nevada state Senate and Linder was an intern in former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nevada office.
Steven has since released a statement apologizing to his wife and family. “It is true that I had a previous relationship outside of my marriage, over the course of several years. I’m deeply sorry to all of those who have been impacted by this very poor decision, most importantly my wife and family. Out of concern for my family during this challenging time, I ask that our privacy is respected.”
Sonya Horsford Children
Sonya is a mother of three children; a daughter known as Ella Horsford and two sons, Benjamin and Bryson Horsford.