Research Interests: Qualitative Methods, Social Studies, Youth Culture, History of Education and Urban Schooling
Professor Sonu’s research interests include the youth cultural milieu, curriculum theory, and the study of justice in urban schools. She draws from postmodern frameworks to examine teacher and student meaning-making and seeks to understand the educational implications of teacher thought in classroom practices and decision-making. Additionally, she is interested in the intersection of history education and social psychology and teaches social studies courses to both undergraduate and graduate elementary and secondary pre-service teachers. Her dissertation, which explored youth performances and social justice education, received the 2011 Division B Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award and the 2010 Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG Distinguished Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Professor Sonu received her doctorate from the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2009.