Sakeena Everett, Ph.D.


Dr. Sakeena Everett is an assistant professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She is a native New Yorker (Brooklyn), avid literacy advocate, and expert in urban education, teacher education, and literacy education. Her research and teaching focus on the literacy development of Black male students in elementary and secondary schools; literacy teacher preparation; culturally sustaining pedagogies; and transformative justice-centered educational experiences for students and teachers. Recently, her research agenda has expanded to include grief among educators, with a special emphasis on supporting grieving Black women educators. Dr. Everett has taught elementary and secondary students, prepared prospective teachers, and provided professional development for in-service educators across multiple school districts. She received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Outstanding Dissertation Award and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Research in the Teaching of English (RTE) Alan C. Purves Award. Furthermore, her active research grants have been externally funded by Maryland State Department of Education Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and the Spencer Foundation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Justice-oriented education
  • Elementary and secondary literacy pedagogies
  • Humanizing & decolonizing research methodologies
  • Urban education and teacher preparation


  • Black male students
  • Writing development
  • Consequential literacy pedagogies
  • Graduate student scholarly development

Academic Affiliations


  •  Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education
    Michigan State University
  •  B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies
    Cornell University
  •  B.A. in Sociology (Education & Inequality Studies)
    Cornell University


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