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Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee

Associate Professor & Deputy Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)

B.A. (Hons.). MA. MPhil English (Calcutta U, India); M.A. Cultural and Educational Policy Studies (Loyola U Chicago, USA); EdM Global Studies in Education (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA); PhD Education Policy & Leadership (U Melbourne, Australia)

Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee is Associate Professor & Deputy Director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd). She is Member Secretary of the Research Ethics and Review Board (RERB) and founding Executive Director of the Centre for Comparative and Global Education (CCGE), O.P. Jindal Global University. She is a 2018 Fellow of the STAR Scholars Network and 2016 Emerging Scholar fellow of the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (Australasia & the Pacific). She is a Congress Standing Committee Member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, SIG Committee Member of the Comparative and International Education Society and a life member of the Comparative Education Society of India. She has worked as an expert consultant with international organizations, such as UNESCO-IIEP, Toronto-based Higher Education Strategy Associates and Australia-India Institute.

 

 

Her doctoral thesis received honourable mention as a runner-up for the 2016 Gail P. Kelly award for outstanding doctoral dissertation by the Comparative and International Education Society (USA). She has 18 years’ comparative experience in the higher education sector in India, United States and Australia. She received her PhD degree in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Melbourne specializing in comparative and cross-cultural education. She received an EdM in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MA in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies specializing in Comparative and International Education from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to that, she received MPhil, MA & BA (Hons.) degrees from Calcutta University and worked at an affiliated college under Calcutta University as Lecturer for 5 years.

 

She has received several awards for her exemplary teaching, research and community engagement. She was a Fulbright teaching fellow in the United States in 2005. She received Phi Beta Delta Honor Society Medallion for her contribution in International Education, the Washington Centre Civic Engagement award and Graduate Women Victoria International Doctoral Scholarship. She also received the University of Melbourne Teaching Certification from their Centre for Studies of Higher Education. She has published many research articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals and edited books published by reputed academic publishers. She also serves as the Associate Editor of Routledge journal- “Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education“.

  • 2018: JGU Research Grant for project title: “Bridging Internationalisation and Social Responsibility in Higher Education”

  • 2017: OCIES Fellowship and Networks Grant, Oceania Comparative and International Education Society
  • 2016: Emerging Scholar Award- Oceania Comparative and International Education Society; Comparative and International Education Society
  • 2016 International Travel Award for Distinguished Service in Educational Reform, Comparative and International Education Society
  • 2016 Under-Represented Ethnic and Ability Group (UREAG) Travel Award, Comparative and International Education Society
  • 2014: The Australian Sociological Association Postgraduate Conference Scholarship
  • 2014: The Graduate Women Victoria International Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2011- 2014: Melbourne International and Melbourne Graduate School of Education Scholarship
  • 2011: Charles Dunne Hardie Conference Travel Scholarship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2010: Charles Dunne Hardie Conference Travel Scholarship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2010: The Graduate College Bouyoucos Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2007: The School of Education & the Graduate School Dean’s Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago;
  • 2007: Phi Beta Delta Honour Society Medallion for International Education, USA
  • 2007 The Washington Centre Civic Engagement Award, USA
  • 2005-2006: Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship, USA
  • The inaugural project of the “Centre for Comparative and Global Education” (CCGE) is a special issue publication project for Routledge Journal- “Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education” to be co-edited by founding Executive Director of CCGE & Associate Editor of DIME, Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee and CCGE affiliate faculty, Dr. Jessica Field. 
    The project title is “Refugee Education, Inclusion and Innovation in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities”  
     
  • Convenor of International Research Symposium “Other Ways of Knowing and Doing”- Globalizing Social Science Knowledge in Higher Education and publication project in collaboration with the UNESCO-Chair in CBR, WCCES, IOCES and OCIES official journal- International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives (published through the University of Sydney): http://jgu.edu.in/iihed-hosts-international-research-symposium
     
  • “Knowledge 4 Change” Mentor training in CBR India Hub coordinator along with Dr. Manju Singh, Manipal University, Jaipur and Dr Reeta Venugopal and Dr Priyamvada Shrivastava, Pt Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur for the UNESCO-chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. The UNESCO Chair in CBR initiative Knowledge for Change (K4C) is an International partnered training consortium, built on partnerships between HEIs & CSOs for co-creation of knowledge. It aims to build research capacity to address local challenges, in line with UN SDGs: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/index.php/events/knowledge-for-change-k4c-planning-meeting/
  • Sister Nivedita’s Contribution for International Intercultural Understanding and Women’s education, speech commemorating 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations by Women’s Forum, Sri Shikshayatan College, University of Calcutta, India, 16th January 2018
  • International Education and Intercultural Understanding-  delivered Distinguished Alumni speech during The Fulbright FLTA program Mid-Year Conference in Washington DC., USA; 5-9th December 2017
  • Changing Social Dynamics: Can Elite Schools be Inclusive? Delivered presentation at Showcase Event on: “Elite Schools in Globalizing Circumstances: New Conceptual Imaginings in Diverse Locations”, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia; 25th March 2015
  • Right to Education Act and the Dilemmas of Inclusive School Reform in India –delivered talk at Melbourne South Asia Study Group, Australia-India Institute, 21st March 2014
  • Global Studies for “Home and the World”: Towards a History of the Fast Changing Present! Invited Seminar Speaker at the US-India Education Foundation, Kolkata, India, 13th January, 2014
  • Higher Education in India and India’s role in Higher Education in a Global Context; invited speaker at a special panel on Indian Higher Education in the Global Context, including Indian Consul General Mukta D.Tomar; Prof. P.R. Kumar, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Prof. Madhu Viswanathan, Business Administration, organized by the CSAMES & International Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1stDecember 2010
  • Water- a discussion about gender, marriage and the impact of colonial rule in India; Group Presentation with Dr. Tracy Pintchman: The Gender Research Seminar, The Gannon Centre for Women & Leadership, Loyola University Chicago, USA; Oct. 22, 2008.

Rizvi, F., Barron, R.J., Mukherjee, M. & Khan, A. (2016). An Overview of Schools Education in India and Australia. Available online: https://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/publications/overview-school-education-india-and-australia/

 

 

 

  • Mukherjee, M and Mahbub. T. (2015). “Double Consciousness” Of Transnational Researchers: Ethical Dilemmas Of Space and Intercultural Dialogue In Research” American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 Conference Proceedings: http://www.aera.net/Publications/OnlinePaperRepository/AERAOnlinePaperRepository/tabid/12720/Default.aspx
  • Mukherjee, M. (Dec. 2014). Tagore’s Humanist Philosophy of Education and its Relevance in the Contemporary World.” Response to CIES 2015 Conference Theme-“Ubuntu! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally” available online: http://cies2015.org/response-mukherjee.html
  • Mukherjee, M. (2014). The Possibility of a ‘Southern Theory’ of Inclusive Education in ‘An Other Tongue’, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)2014 Conference Proceedings: https://www.tasa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Mukherjee.pdf
  • Mukherjee, M. (2007). “My Fulbright Days” in Z.H. Usmani& N. K. Ghosh (Eds.) Beyond Boundaries: Reflections of Indian and US Scholar-, publication on the occasion of Fulbright 60th Anniversary. New York: iUniverse, Inc.
  • Mukherjee, M. (2007). “Language Teachers as Agents of Social Change in the Global Classroom” in Jerry Harris (Ed.), Contested Terrains of Globalization-Selected papers delivered at the 6th Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association North America Conference, University of California, Irvine, Chicago: Change Maker Publications.
  • Mukherjee, M. (2006). “Intercultural Sensitivity Development: the Challenge of Globalization for American Higher Education” in Jerry Harris (Ed.) Alternative Globalization Conference Documents: Selected papers delivered at the 5th Annual Conference of the Global Studies Association North America Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, Chicago: Change Maker Publication.  

January 2017: India Country Liaison for The City University of New York India Immersion Study Abroad program led by Dr. Amita Gupta, a Fulbright scholar and chair of the CCNY School of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture

August 2016: Facilitator of Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Seminar on “Sustainable Development and Social Change in India”, US-India Education Foundation, Kolkata

May-July 2016: Specialist Consultant- Australia India Education Council (AIEC) Schools Research Working Group and Australia India Institute

August 2015: Specialist Consultant, Plan4Learning web portal, UNESCO-IIEP

  • I worked to develop research based content for education planners on “Learners and

Learning Structures” http://learningportal.iiep.unesco.org/

July 2011- Dec 2011: India Country Consultant, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Toronto, Canada

  • Organized International Research Symposium- “Other Ways of Knowing and Doing”: Globalizing Social Science Knowledge in Higher Education in collaboration with OCIES, IOCES, WCCES and UNESO-Chair in CBR & Social Responsibility in Higher Education, December 2017.
  • Organizer of IIHEd “Thinking Thursdays” Research Seminars since 30th March 2017 with a presentation on THE RESEARCH AND WELL-WRITTEN THESIS: FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS FOR ALL RESEARCHERS
  • Organized the annual Global Studies Association of North America Conference, “Global Crisis and Beyond” from May7-9, 2010 in collaboration with the College of Education and the Centre for Global Studies, a U.S. Dept of Education Title VI National Resource Centre, university of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Organized teacher’s training workshops for Chicago Public Schools teachers and Principals as part of the Library of Congress “Teaching with Primary Sources program”, January – May 2007.

December 2016- present: Assistant Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O.P. Jindal Global University, India

  • “Advanced Research Seminar” for PhD students; Spring 2017. 
  • “Globalization of Education” Master’s/PhD level course; Fall 2017
  • Master’s Thesis Supervision; Spring 2018

Current Master’s Thesis Supervision: 

  • “Information Communication Technology and Inclusive Education”- Anmol Jain (Master’s candidate in Public Policy)
  • “History Education as a barrier in improving relations between China and Japan”- Charvee Puri (Master’s candidate in International Affairs)


August 2011- August 2015, Melbourne Teaching Certificate for Graduate Researcher, Centre for Studies in Higher Education, School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Master’s level courses in International Education Policy

August 2009- July 2011, Researcher and Teaching Assistant, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA 

  • Online graduate-level courses in Global Studies in Education

August 2006-December 2009, Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, USA

  • Undergraduate courses in language and cultural studies

August 2005- May 2006, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, USA

August 2001- July 2006, Lecturer in English, Department of Commerce, Sri Shikshayatan College, University of Calcutta, India

 

  • Member of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) since 2007
  • Congress Standing Committee Member, World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), since 2010
  • Life Member, Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) since 2011
  • Member, Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES) since 2014
  • SIG Oversight Committee Member, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) since 2015
  • Annual Conference Planning Committee Member, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2014-2015
  • Elected Co-chair, Environmental and Sustainability Education (SIG), Comparative and International Education Society (USA) 2014-2016
  • Founding Member and secretary of South Asia (SIG), Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 2009-2013
  • Member, Australian Association for Research in Education (AERA) 2013-2017
  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AARE) 2007-2017

“Learning from Krishnamurti and Tagore: Criticality, Empathy, Ecology and Welfare”- invited speaker in the Panel on ‘Philosophical Dimensions of Empathy and Criticality’ at the Comparative Education Society of India Annual Conference, University of Jammu, 16-18th November 2017

               

Epistemic Contextualism” and “Verstehen” in Comparative Education, paper to be presented at the 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 17-20, 2017

 

Inclusive Education for Inclusive Society: Tagorean Analysis of a Case Study, paper peer-reviewed and presented at 44th Annual Conference of the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia, 24th- 26th November 2016

 

Decolonizing Pedagogy: Tagorean Analysis of a Case Study, paper peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation and invited Chair of Panel on “Inclusive Education: A Pathway to Inclusive Development” at the XVI World Congress of Comparative Education Societies to be hosted by Beijing Normal University in China, 21st Aug-27th August 2016

 

•1) Pains of Exclusion: Reflections on Experiences of Disadvantaged Girls from Pakistan and India & 2) Educating the heart and the mind: Inclusive education for sustainable development, papers peer-reviewed and presented at the 60th annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 6th- 10th, 2016

                                         

Invited panelist for book review & book launch: Muslims and Islam in US Education: Reconsidering Multiculturalism at the 60th annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 6th- 10th, 2016

 

Invited panelist CIES SIG 10 years reflection panel: Fostering Collaboration across Special Interest Groups:http://cies2016.org/sig-10-year-anniversary-reflection-panel/

at the 60th annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 6th- 10th, 2016

 

Context Matters! Inclusive School Reform in Postcolonial India– paper presented at “The Inclusive Education Summit”, Victoria University, Melbourne, 31stJuly- 2nd August, 2015

 

•“Double Consciousness” Of Transnational Researchers: Ethical Dilemmas Of Space and Intercultural Dialogue In Research” – paper co-authored with Tahiya Mahbub and presented after peer-review at 2015 AERA Annual Meeting- “Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis”-to be held in Chicago, Illinois April 16-20, 2014 in a Roundtable Session titled, “Postcolonial Dialogues in Educational Research”

 

Engaging with Tagore’s humanist philosophy of Education: a Southern Theory for Inclusive Education, paper accepted for presentation at the annual CIES conference- “Ubuntu! Imagining a Humanist Education Globally” to be held March 8-13, 2015 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington D.C., USA.

 

Educating the Heart and the Mind: Conceptualizing Inclusive Pedagogy for Sustainable Development paper presented at the AARE-NZARE annual conference held in Brisbane from 30th November-4th December, 2014

 

Beyond Provincializing Inclusive Education: Theoretically engaging with Tagore, the indigenous native intellectual paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of ANZ Comparative and International Education Society held at Queensland University of Technology, 26th-28th November, 2014

 

The possibility of a Southern Theory of Inclusive Education in “An Other Tongue” paper blind-reviewed and received the Australian Sociological Association postgraduate conference scholarship. It was presented in Social Theory Thematic group at the annual conference- “Challenging Identities, Institutions and Communities” held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide; 24-27 November, 2014

 

Re-Imagining Education for Sustainable Development-paper presented at “Melbourne Sustainability Perspectives and Ethics Conference” 2014 at Sidney Myer Asia Centre organized by Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, 15th August 2014

 

Re-Imagining Social Equity: A Lesson in education for human rights from postcolonial India, paper presented at the Inaugural Conference of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, “Imagining Social Equity”, 28 February -1 March, 2014

 

Struggles of a Progressive School in Neoliberal India presented at the Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference organized by the Global Studies Association of North America, Monash University Faculty of Education and Griffith University Centre for Work, Organization and Well-Being, Brisbane, June 28 & 29, 2013

 

From Bendigo in Australia to Brickfields in India: Mapping Education and Globalization historically paper presentation at 2013 The Australian Sociological Association conference 50th Anniversary Conference at Monash University, Melbourne, 25-28 November 2013.

 

What’s in a name? The possibility of an “other” globalization in postcolonial Indian Education! paper presentation and chaired panel on “Sociology of Education” at 2013 Annual Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide, 1-5 December, 2013.

 

Dilemmas of School Reform in Postcolonial India paper presentation at 2013 Annual Comparative Education Society of India Conference, Kolkata, 28-30 December, 2013.     

 

Capabilities Approach as an alternative in education policy for sustainable development in the context of globalization: the case of India, paper presented at Comparative Education Society of India annual conference at University of Hyderabad, India, Nov 16-18, 2011.

 

Building Bridges for Research Collaboration: case study of a Global Conclave of Young Scholars of Indian Education, paper presented at the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society held at Montréal, Québec, May 1 – 5, 2011.

 

An NGO’s social entrepreneurial projects for the education of street children, disabled, and HIV/AIDS affected children in India paper presented at XIV World Congress of World Council for Comparative Education Societies- Bordering, Re-bordering and New Possibilities in Education and Society- Boğaziçi University Faculty of Education, Istanbul, June 14-18, 2010

 

U.S. Study Abroad from Periphery to the Centre of the Global Curriculum, paper presented and chaired panel title: The Impact of Globalization: Education, Pedagogy and the Classroom: Global Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May7-9, 2010.

 

Isomorphic and decoupling trends in teaching for social justice and global citizenship; paper presented in Phi Beta Delta Panel title: Globalization of Higher Education: What the future Augers; International Studies Association 50thAnnual Convention, New York, Feb 15-18, 2009.

 

Policy memorandum for World Bank Global Development Learning Network- Youth Development Corps: Building Community Ownership & Capacity, Reducing Corruption and Inefficiencies. Participated in Group Presentation at the 3rd Annual Global Forum, “Miracles of Development: Good Governance and Capacity Building.” World Bank headquarters, Washington D.C. July 9-11, 2008.

 

Partners in Mission: Teaching for Social Justice and Global Citizenship; paper presented in panel title: The Classroom as a site for Globalization; Global Studies Association of North America Annual Conference, Pace University, New York, June 6-8, 2008

 

Language Teachers as Agents of Social Change in the Global Classroom paper presented and chaired panel title: Globalization in the Classroom: Global Studies Association of North America Annual Conference, University of California, Irvine, May17-20, 2007

 

Intercultural Sensitivity Development: the Challenge of Globalization for American Higher Education– paper presented at the Global Studies Association Annual Conference, De Paul University Chicago, May12-14, 2006