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Sandra Richards Mayo, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education
Program Director, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Phone: (626) 387-5817
Fax: (626) 815-5336
Sandra Richards Mayo, Ph.D., is an associate professor in educational leadership and director of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University. Her research examines racial disparities in education from a historical perspective by identifying larger patterns of social exclusion that are perpetuated in deficit attitudes and practices. Drawing on critical social theory and a framework of historical reconciliation, her writing seeks to reshape dominant cultural narratives that contribute to harmful understandings of race and racial difference. Her work appears in the Journal of Higher Education, Caribbean Quarterly, and The International Christian Community for Teacher Education Journal. She is also a contributor to Black Protest Thought and Education (W.H. Watkins, editor) and The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (F.W. Wright and H.L. Gates, Jr., editors).


  • Ph.D. in Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education (major in Student Personnel Administration), Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A. in English Literature and Sociology, Rutgers College, Rutgers University


School of Education

  • Department of Educational Leadership

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 507 - Family, Community, and School Connections
  • EDUC 573 - Philosophy/Ethics and History of Education
  • EDUC 589A - Research for Educators: Beginning Process
  • EDUC 589B - Research for Educators: Finish Reporting
  • EDUC 702 - Proseminar in Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 770 - Dissertation Milestone: Writing the Introduction