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Sabina Vaught

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Tufts University
Department of Education
Paige Hall, Office 301
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3244

Sabina Vaught

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education
Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Director of the MA in Educational Studies
Co-Chair, Board of Directors, the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality at MIT

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum & Instruction
  • M.Ed., Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, Secondary English Education
  • B.A., University of Washington, English

Sabina E. Vaught is Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Education. She is Director of the Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and holds affiliations in Africana, American, and Colonialism Studies at Tufts. Dr. Vaught's scholarship and teaching are concerned with
the production, disruption, and exchange of knowledge across powered, institutional terrains. Her forthcoming book, Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Juvenile Prison School (University of Minnesota Press) is a critical ethnography of one state’s juvenile prison schooling system. She received her doctorate in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former high school English teacher.


  • ED161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
  • ED163 Philosophies
  • ED167 Critical Race Theory Seminar
  • ED169 Radical Lesbian Thought
  • ED170 Critical Educational Policy Studies
  • ED191 Pedagogies
  • ED192 Issues In Critical Qualitative Research
  • WGSS 190 Doing Feminist Research

Select Publications:


  • Vaught, S. & Hernández, G. (2016). To whom it may concern: Epistolary political philosophies and the production of racial counterpublic knowledge in the United States. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(5), 459-483.
  • Vaught, S. (2014). Structural liberalism and anti-bullying legislation. Equity & Excellence in Education, 47(2), 152-166.
  • Vaught, S. (2012). Institutional grief: Prison, schooling, and racist melancholia, Harvard Educational Review, 82(1), 52-77.
  • Vaught, S. (2012). Hate speech in a juvenile male prison school and in U.S. schooling, The Urban Review, 44(2), 239-264.


  • Vaught, S. (2011). Racism, public schooling, and the entrenchment of White Supremacy: a critical race ethnography. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Vaught, S. (2017). Compulsory: Education and the dispossession of youth in a juvenile prison school. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.