Since September 2005, I have been a faculty member in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. I teach in the Programs in International and Comparative Education and advise students in the concentrations of peace education, international humanitarian issues in education, and policy and planning. My interests are in the areas of comparative and international education, peace and human rights education, the politics of education, social inequalities, critical pedagogy, and curriculum development in the U.S. and abroad. I have focused on research and programmatic work in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the United States.
I have been actively involved in the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) for the past several years. I've served as Chair of the Peace Education Special Interest Group (2007-2009) and was part of the 2008 conference organizing committee.
I received my Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, and my M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University. I have previously worked in the field of human rights and developed a teacher training manual on human rights education for UNESCO while studying as a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic. I have also consulted on curriculum development issues, particularly related to the incorporation of peace education, human rights, and sustainable development, for non-profit educational service providers in New York City and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF. My professional work focuses on examining possibilities for formal and non-formal education to influence social change.
I have current projects on the ground in South Asia and am involved in curriculum development work with community-based organizations in New York City.
Dr. Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D.
Department of International & Transcultural Studies
Teachers College, Columbia University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences