Sara Florence Davidson

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Education


Sara Florence Davidson (Sgaan Jaadgu San Glans) is a Haida/Settler Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She completed her PhD in Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, and her research focuses on Indigenous pedagogies, literacies, and stories.

Previously, she worked as an educator with adolescents in the K-12 system for close to a decade in both British Columbia and Yukon Territory. Much of her classroom experience was working with Indigenous students in rural and/or remote communities and with students who were making the transition from rural communities to urban centres to complete their education. She also has experience at the post-secondary level working with Adult Learners.

With her father, she is the co-author of Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning through Ceremony and the Sk’ad’a Stories, a picture book series which is based on family stories and highlights Indigenous pedagogies and intergenerational learning. Sara is passionate about reading, writing, and listening to stories. She lives on unceded Stó:lō Territories with her partner and their two dogs.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Interests

The focus of Dr. Davidson's scholarship has always been to seek ways to improve schooling experiences for Indigenous students by collaborating with and learning from Indigenous communities, Indigenous students, and university and research communities. In her work with Indigenous communities, Dr. Davidson has endeavoured to find balance between her commitment to making contributions to the communities while also ensuring that she is engaging in respectful, ethical, and relational research practices. Her program of research and publications seek to transform current pedagogical and research practices to be more respectful and inclusive of Indigenous contributions, particularly in the area of English Language Arts.


Adolescent literacy; Indigenous pedagogies; Indigenous methodologies; narrative research

Research Highlights



This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.