Dr. Bajaj is Associate Professor of International and Multicultural Education in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, where she directs the Masters program in Human Rights Education. She has previously taught at Columbia University Teachers College and New York University. Her research and teaching interests focus on peace and human rights education, social inequalities and schooling, and educational innovation in the global South. Professor Bajaj is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Peace Education and author of Schooling for Social Change: The Rise and Impact of Human Rights Education in India (winner of the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award of the Comparative & International Education Society), as well as numerous articles. She has also developed curriculum–particularly related to the incorporation of peace education, human rights, anti-bullying efforts, and sustainable development–for non-profit educational service providers and inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. In 2011, Professor Bajaj was named a young leader of the Asia 21 initiative of the Asia Society and, in 2013, she was selected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Felisa Tibbitts is the Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA –www.hrea.org), which she directed from 1999-2010. She is an Affiliated Professor with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State (South Africa). In the past, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University, Columbia University and the UN University for Peace. She has worked with numerous government and international agencies in developing curriculum and policies that support the integration of human rights into teaching and training, including the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, OSCE, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States and numerous non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International. She has engaged in adult trainings in over 20 countries, serves on numerous advisory committees and has published articles, book chapters, and manuals addressing such topics as HRE in schools and the empowerment model of HRE. She received her bachelor degree and two Masters (Public Policy, Education) from Harvard University and her D.Phil from the Otto-von-Guericke Universität of Magdeburg.
Dr. Denise Burnette is a professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research focuses on health, mental health and psychosocial problems of older adults, particularly in the context of changing social structures in low-resource settings. In each setting, she works with health and mental health authorities, university faculty, and indigenous communities to identify their health and mental health concerns. Then she works collaboratively to develop evidence-based practices and policies to address those concerns.
As an International Scholar with the Open Society for the past decade, Professor Burnette has helped build research and teaching capacity of social work faculties in Albania, Mongolia and Moldova. She has also held Senior Fulbright fellowships at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and at the Centre for Research on HIV and AIDS at the University of Botswana.
Prof. Burnette has more than a decade of professional social work practice experience in health and mental health settings, most of it with older adults and their families. In the M.S. program she works with the Advocates for Gerontological Education (AGE) Caucus and the International Social Welfare Caucus. She also teaches the courses titled Human Behavior and the Social Environment and Advanced Clinical Practice in Aging. In the doctoral program she teaches Qualitative Research Methods and a seminar on Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Problems. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Gerontological Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dina Siddiqi holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She obtained her BA in Anthropology and Economics from Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her publications, grounded in the study of Bangladesh, cover a broad spectrum: Islam and transnational feminist politics; gender justice and non-state dispute resolution systems; the cultural politics of nationalism; sexuality and rights discourse; and the global garment industry. She is on the editorial board of Routledge’s Women in Asia Publication Series. She is working on a book length manuscript entitled Elusive Solidarities: “Muslim” Women and Transnational Feminism at Work.
She has extensive work experience with human rights organizations in Bangladesh, including Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), and Bangladesh Legal and Services Trust (BLAST). She has consulted for UNDP, UNICEF, and NORAD, among others, focusing primarily on programs related to gender justice and women’s rights. She is part of the Core Advisory Group of the South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainers (SANGAT), on the Steering Committee of SANAM (South Asian Network to Address Masculinities) and a member of the international network, the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR). She divides her time between the US and Bangladesh where she teaches at BRAC University’s Anthropology Program.