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Professor of International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

Monisha Bajaj writes, speaks, and carries out research on education for peace, human rights and social justice. She has edited or authored 7 books, most recently, Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles. She also serves as Founding Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights Education. Dr. Bajaj 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 2015, she received the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award (2015) from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her 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 2017, she was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Her current book project examines pedagogies and practices that best serve immigrant and refugee youth.


  • 2014–present
    Professor, University of San Francisco
  • 2012–2014
    Associate Professor , Teachers College Columbia University
  • 2005–2014
    Assistant Professor , Teachers College Columbia University


  • 2005 
    Teachers College, Columbia University, EdD, International Educational Development
  • 1998 
    Stanford University , BA, MA Sociology