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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Prof Monisha Bajaj
Visiting Professor

Monisha Bajaj is Professor and Chair of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, and has previously taught courses on education, international development, and human rights at Columbia University Teachers College, New York University and Stanford University.

She is the editor and author of six books, including, most recently, Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles. Her book Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India received the 2012 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society.

Monisha has also developed curriculum—particularly related to peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts and sustainability—for non-profit organizations and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. In 2016, she co-authored an annex on Transformative Human Rights Education to the report of the Global Citizenship Commission, chaired by former British Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. Dr. Bajaj’s previous and current research has been funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright program, the Social Science Research Council, the National Academy of Education, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Spencer Foundation. In 2015, she received the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award (2015) from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2017, she was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center which supported her work on a forthcoming book on transformative pedagogies and practices in schools.

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