Monisha Bajaj

Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International and Multicultural Education

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4211 School of Education 219
EdD, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
MA, Latin American Studies, Stanford University
BA, Sociology, Stanford University
Education and Development in the Global South
Peace and Human Rights Education
Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Education & International Development; International & Comparative Education
Human Rights Education
Peace Education
Educational Innovation in the Global South
Gender and Schooling
Global Education
Immigrants and Refugees
Selected Publications


Bajaj, Monisha. (Ed.). (2017). Human rights education: Theory, research & praxis. Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press.

Bajaj, Monisha. (2016). Peace Education: International Perspectives. New York & London:

Bajaj, Monisha. (2016). Righting Wrongs: A Handbook of Child Rights for Teachers. Chennai:
Tulika Press.

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

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

Public Scholarship

Blog Posts for the Teaching Tolerance Website of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Blog Posts for the Global Partnership for Education, housed at the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Selected Articles & Chapters

Bajaj, M. & Suresh, S. (2018). The "warm embrace" of a newcomer school for immigrant & refugee youth. Theory into Practice, 57(2), 91-98. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M., Argenal, A. & Canlas, M. (2017). Socio-politically relevant pedagogy for immigrant and refugee youth. Equity & Excellence in Education 50(3), 258-274. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. & Bartlett, L. (2017). Critical transnational curriculum for immigrant and refugee youth. Curriculum Inquiry, 47(1), 25-35. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M., Argenal, A. & Canlas, M. (2017). Between rights and realities: Human rights education for immigrant and refugee youth in an urban public high school. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 48(2), 124-140.  [full text here] 

Bajaj, M., Ghaffar-Kucher, A., & Desai, K. (2016). Brown bodies and xenophobic bullying in U.S. schools: Critical analysis and strategies for action. Harvard Educational Review, 86(4), 481-505. [full text here] 

Vega-Chaparro, L. & Bajaj, M. (2016). The right to education in protracted conflict: Teachers’ experiences in non-formal education in Colombia. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 14(3), 358-373. [full text here] 

Canlas, M., Argenal, A. & Bajaj, M. (2015). Teaching human rights from below: Towards solidarity, resistance and social justice. Radical Teacher, 103, 38-46. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2015). Human rights education: Imaginative possibilities for creating change. Teachers College Record, 117(10), 1-9. [full text here] 

Hantzopoulos, M., Zakharia, Z., Shirazi, R., Bajaj, M. & Ghaffar-Kucher, A. (2015). New curricular approaches to teaching about the Middle East and North Africa. Social Studies Research and Practice, 10(1), 84-93. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2015). ‘Pedagogies of resistance’ and critical peace education praxis. Journal of Peace Education, 12(2), 154-166. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2014). The productive plasticity of rights: Globalization, education and human rights. In N. Stromquist & K. Monkman (Eds.), Globalization and education: Integration and contestation across cultures (2nd ed.) (pp. 51-66). Lanham, D: Rowman and Littlefield. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2012). Human rights education in small schools in India. Peace Review, 24(1), 6-13. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2012). From ‘time pass’ to transformative force: School-based human rights education in Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Educational Development, 32(1), 72-80. [full text here]

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. [full text here] 

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. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. & Brantmeier, E. (Special issue guest editors). (2011). The politics, possibilities and praxis of a critical peace education. Journal of Peace Education, 8(3), 221-224. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2011). Human rights education: Ideology, location, and approaches. Human Rights Quarterly, 33, 481-508.  [full text here] 

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- [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2010). Inter-generational perspectives on education and employment in the Zambian Copperbelt. Comparative Education Review, 54(2), 175-197. [full text here] 

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

Bajaj, M. (2009). Why context matters: The material conditions of caring in Zambia. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(4), 379–398. [full text here] 

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. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2009). Undoing gender?: A case study of school policy and practice in Zambia. International Review of Education, 55(5), 483-502. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. & Chiu, B. (2009). Education for sustainable development as peace education. Peace & Change, 34(4), 441-455.  [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2009). Sugar daddies and the danger of sugar: Cross-generational relationships, HIV/AIDS and secondary schooling in Zambia. In A. Wiseman & D. Baker (Eds.), Gender, equality and education from international and comparative perspectives (pp. 123-143). Oxford: Elsevier Science Ltd. [full text here] 

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. [full text here] 

Bajaj, M. (2004). Human rights education and student self-conception in the Dominican Republic. Journal of Peace Education, 1(1), 21-36. [full text here]

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)