CELASA — International and Multicultural Education — Human Rights Education
Monisha  Bajaj

Monisha Bajaj, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education


Ed.D., International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Latin American Studies, Stanford University
B.A., Sociology, Stanford University

Research Areas

Education & International Development; International & Comparative Education; Human Rights Education; Peace Education; Educational Innovation in the Global South; Gender and Schooling; Global Education.

Courses Offered
  • Critical Contemporary Issues: Focus on South Asian Education
  • Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy, Current Debates
  • Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis
  • Special Topics: Peace, Conflict and Education in Global Contexts

Books, Edited Volumes, and Monographs

Bajaj, M. (2011). Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India. New York & London: Continuum. (Winner of the 2012 Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Prize of the Comparative & International Education Society)

Bajaj, M. (Ed.) (2008). The Encyclopedia of Peace Education.  North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Bajaj, M. (2003). Guía de Educación en Derechos Humanos. Santo Domingo: UNESCO.

Bajaj, M. & Brantmeier, E. Guest Editors. (2011). Special issue of the Journal of Peace Education on The Politics, Possibilities and Praxis of a Critical Peace Education. 8(3).

Refereed Journal Articles

Bajaj, M. (2012). Human Rights Education in Small Schools in IndiaPeace Review 24(1), 6-13.

Bajaj, M. & Pathmarajah, M. (2011). En‘gender’ing Agency: The Differentiated Impact of Educational Initiatives in Zambia and India. Feminist Formations 23(3), 48-67.

Iyengar, R. & Bajaj, M. (2011). After the Smoke Clears: Examining Curricular Approaches to Environmental Education in Bhopal, India. Comparative Education Review, 55(3), 424-456

Bajaj, M. & Brantmeier, E. (2011). Introduction to The Politics, Possibilities and Praxis of a Critical Peace Education. The Journal of Peace Education. 8(3). 221-224.

Bajaj, M. (2011). Human Rights Education: Ideology, Location, and Approaches. Human Rights Quarterly. 33, 481-508.

Bajaj, M. (2011). Teaching to Transform, Transforming to Teach: Exploring the Role of Teachers in Human Rights Education in India. Educational Research. 53(2), 207-221.

Bajaj, M. (2012). From ‘Time Pass’ to Transformative Force: School-Based Human Rights Education in Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Educational Development.32, 72-80. 

Bajaj, M. (2010). Inter-Generational Perspectives on Education and Employment in the Zambian Copperbelt. Comparative Education Review. 54(2), 175-197.

Bajaj, M. (2010). Conjectures on peace education and Gandhian studies: Method, institutional development, and globalization. Journal of Peace Education. 7(1), 47-62.

Bajaj, M. (2009). Why Context Matters: the Material Conditions of Caring in Zambia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(4), 379–398.

Bajaj, M. (2009). ‘I have big things planned for my future’: The Limits and Possibilities of Transformative Agency in Zambian Schools. Compare 39(4), 551-568.

Bajaj, M. (2009). Undoing Gender?: A Case Study of School Policy and Practice in Zambia. International Review of Education. 55(5), 483-502

Bajaj, M. & Chiu, B. (2009). Education for Sustainable Development as Peace Education. Peace & Change 34(4), 441-455. 

Bajaj, M. (2008). Schooling in the Shadow of Death: Youth Agency and HIV/AIDS in Zambia. Journal of Asian and African Studies. 43(3), 307-329.

Bajaj, M. (2004). Human Rights Education and Student Self-Conception in the Dominican Republic. Journal of Peace Education, 1(1), 21-36.

Book Chapters

Bajaj, M. (forthcoming). The Paradox and Promise of Children’s Rights in Indian Schools. In Rajan, J. & O. Dwivedi (eds.) Human Rights and Postcolonial India.

Bajaj, M. & Kidwai, H. (forthcoming). Human Rights and Education Policy in South Asia. In K. Mundy, A. Green, R. Lingard & A. Verger (eds.) Handbook of Global Policy and Policy-Making in Education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Russell, S.G. & Bajaj, M. (forthcoming). Schools, Citizens & Nation-States. In E. Unterhalter & T. McCowan (eds.) Education and International Development: Practice, Policy & Research. London: Bloomsbury.

Bartlett, L. & Bajaj, M. (forthcoming). Non-Formal Bilingual Education. In W. Wright, S. Boun & O. Garcia (eds.) The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Bajaj, M. (2014). The Productive Plasticity of Rights: Globalization, Education and Human Rights. In Stromquist, N. & K. Monkman (eds.) Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (2nd edition). (pp. 51-66). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Brantmeier, E.J. & M. Bajaj. (2013). Peace Education Praxis: Select Resources for Educators and Researchers. In S. Totten & J. Pedersen (eds.) Educating About Social Issues in the 20th and 21st Centuries: A Critical Annotated Bibliography. Volume 2. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Bajaj, M. & B. Kuruvila. (2012). Rights and Resistance: The Limits and Promise of Human Rights Education in India. In Kapoor, D. Barua, B., & A. Datoo. (eds.) Globalization, Culture, and Education in South Asia: Critical Excursions (pp. 123-138). New York: Palgrave.

Bajaj, M. (2009). Sugar Daddies and the Danger of Sugar: Cross-Generational Relationships, HIV/AIDS and Secondary Schooling in Zambia. In Wiseman, A. and Baker, D. (Eds.) Gender, Inequality, and Education from International and Comparative Perspectives. (pp. 123-143) Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science Ltd.

Bajaj, M. & Valera, C. (2009). The emergence of human rights education amidst ethnic conflict in the Dominican Republic. In McGlynn, C., Zembylas M., Bekerman, Z., & Gallagher, T. (Eds.) Peace education in conflict and post-conflict societies: comparative perspectives. (pp. 43-57) New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Bajaj, M. (2009). Innovation and Transformation at a Zambian School. In Cohan, A. & Honigsfeld, A. (Eds.) Breaking the Mold of School Instruction and Organization: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21st Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Valera, C. & Bajaj, M. (2009). Perfil de la Educación en Derechos Humanos en la República Dominicana. In Magendzo, A. (Ed.) Ideas fuerzas y pensamiento en educación en derechos humanos en América Latina. (pp. 312-330). Santiago, Chile: UNESCO.

Bajaj, M. (2008). Introduction and “Critical” Peace Education. In Bajaj, M. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Peace Education. North Carolina: Information Age Publishing

Online Curricular Resources

Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to 9-12 Curriculum on the Middle East and North Africa”. A funded project of the Social Science Research Council and the British Council’s Shared Past Initiative. [Principal Investigator: Maria Hantzopoulos; Co-Investigators: Monisha Bajaj, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Roozbeh Shirazi, Zeena Zakharia].

In the Face of Xenophobia: Addressing the Bullying of South Asian and Muslim Youth in U.S. Schools and Communities.” In collaboration with SAALT: South Asians Leading Together. (2013, with Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher & Karishma Desai)

Online Encyclopedia of Peace Education,” (2008), 50-entry Resource