Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho

Assistant Professor

Rogers Hall 306, MSC: 84

Personal Statement

I bring a critical analytical approach that is informed by intentionally living in the margins, liminal spaces and standing in the gaps as acts of activism and resistance or, Black Activist Mothering. This way of both living and modeling intersectional analysis adds rigor and authenticity to the ways in which I  teach and learn about inequitable issues and practices in PreK-20. I engage this work through the lens of disparate discipline practice. A national phenomenon that is indeed insidious and a grave demonstration of interlocking systemic, structural and historical mechanisms that deliver injustice and inequity. Through the lens of disparate discipline, I am learning how leadership preparation can be enhanced to include what I name as Community-centered Educational Leadership. A form of leadership preparation and development where candidates are prepared to center community knowledge in order to create critical networks to improve complex problems of practice in schools. I pull from the following methodologies to design and teach this work: critical race methodologies, culturally responsive restorative justice and Black feminist intersectional analysis.


Roebuck Sakho, J. (2017) Black activist mothering: “Teach me about what teaches you”. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Roebuck Sakho, J. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… “An organizer, a therapist and an educational leader walk into the room” – A networked improvement community design account. Manuscript in preparation.

Roebuck Sakho, J Black activist mothering, Oracles in the Matrix of Domination: Toward culturally responsive improvement inquiry. Manuscript in preparation.

Roebuck Sakho, J. (2016) Toward community-centered urban educational leadership: A reconceptualization of the professional practice doctorate. The Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate White Paper Project. http://www.cpedinitiative.org/cped-white-paper-project

Sakho, J. R., Whitaker, R.W., Hopson, R. K. (2015). Toward community-centric educational leadership in addressing the school discipline disparity. In Muhammad, K., Grant, C., Whitherspoon Arnold, N., Handbook for urban educational leadership. Rowman & Littlefield


Roebuck Sakho, J (2017).  Improvement audits: Advancing improvement research among educational leaders. Poster presentation at the 2017 Carnegie Summit in Improvement Education. San Francisco, CA.

Hopson, R., Sakho, J., & Horsford, S. (2016).  Shifting the system toward social justice with deep, evaluation-driven change.  Paper presentation at the American Evaluation Association annual conference.  Atlanta, GA

Roebuck Sakho, J, Sizemore-Thompson, T (2016). We could all be kings: Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline? 2016 Day of Learning and Speaking Out, Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Roebuck Sakho, J (2015). Clinical educational leadership: Situating community engagement. June 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Convening. University of California, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

Generett, G., Roebuck Sakho, J., Madden, V., Treadway, L. (2015). Storytelling Mapping:  An Innovative Process for Uncovering Community Assets and Building Shared Leadership Capacity.  November 2014 28th Annual University Council for Educational Administration Convention, Washington DC.

Roebuck Sakho, J (2014). A “Collaboratory” of Practice: A hands on opportunity to address issues of restorative justice, social justice and critical community practice. Symposium on Higher Education in Prison. Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Aloi, M., Waugh, B., Nolan, J., Beety, V., Roebuck Sakho, J. (2014). Alternative Sentences and Restorative Justice. Educational Justice and Appalachian Prisons Symposium, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Roebuck Sakho, J., Desai, S., Levy-Pounds, N. (2014). A Critical Conversation with “The New Jim Crow”

Webinar. The Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU, Harrisonburg, VA.

Roebuck Sakho, J, Whitaker, R.W. Wilkins, T., Hopson, R.K. (2013). Continuing the Conversation with Scholars in Practice: The remix with a focus on interest convergence. 7th Annual Critical Race Studies in Education Conference, Nashville, TN.

Whitaker, RW, Wilkins, T, Roebuck Sakho, J (2012). Evolving Dialogue Surrounding Critical Race Theory: The definition of the new scholar-practice oriented and committed to social justice. 6th Annual Critical Race Studies in Education Conference. New York, NY.

Jenkins, M., Davis, F., Roebuck Sakho, J., Serred, D. (2012). Restorative Justice and Race: Conversations on theory and practice. 49th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. New York, NY.

Roebuck Sakho, J. (2010). Culturally Centric Restorative Justice Response to Re-entry. 47th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. San Diego, CA.

Roebuck Sakho, J. (2010). Zero Tolerance for an Old Policy: How to Push Back When Students are Pushed Out. Parent Training and Information Centers, Region 2 Meeting.

Academic Credentials

Ed.D - Duquesne University

MA - Eastern Mennonite University

Location: Rogers Hall