Professor Profiles

Rebecca Cardinal Sockbeson

Rebecca Sockbeson

Assistant Professor


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Rebecca is of the Penobscot Indian Nation, Indian Island Maine, the Waponahki Confederacy of tribes located in Maine, United States and the Maritime provinces of Canada. She is the 8th child of the Elizabeth Sockbeson clan, the auntie of over 50 Waponahki & Stoney Sioux youth and the mother of three children who are also of the Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation of Alberta. A political activist and scholar, she graduated from Harvard University, where she received her masters degree in education. Rebecca worked for the University of Southern Maine for 7 years with racially and ethnically underrepresented populations and went onto engage with her doctoral work here at the University of Alberta. She conferred her PhD in Educational Policy Studies, specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education. Her research focus is Indigenous knowledge, Aboriginal healing through language and culture, anti-racism and decolonization. Her doctoral study engaged with how Indigenous ways of knowing and being can inform policy development.


  • Indigenous Peoples Education
  • Indigenous knowledge 
  • Aboriginal healing through language and culture
  • Anti-racism and decolonization
  • Racially and ethnically underrepresented populations
  • Indigenous ways of knowing and being  informing policy development