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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) at O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University). 

 

She has been appointed as a Research Standing Committee Member by the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) in February 2020. Prior to this honorary appointment, she has served as a Congress Standing Committee Member of the WCCES, Founding Secretary of South Asia (SIG) and, Co-Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Education (SIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society. She also serves as Executive Committee Member of the Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society and a life member of the Comparative Education Society of India.

 

In 2018, she was appointed as a Fellow & India Country Director of the STAR Scholars Network. She was also selected as a 2016 Emerging Scholar fellow by the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (Australasia & the Pacific). 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 nearly 20 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 also received the Melbourne Teaching Certification from the University of Melbourne Centre for Studies of Higher 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 in English 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 has published many research articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals and edited books published by reputed academic publishers. She has also worked as an expert consultant with international organizations, such as UNESCO-IIEP, Toronto-based Higher Education Strategy Associates and Australia-India Institute.

  • 2019: Faculty Research Grant: “Comparative and Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences: The Case of Tibetan Students in India”
  • 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

Education Policy and Leadership (school and higher education), Inclusive Education, Environmental & Sustainability Education, Comparative and International Education, Case Studies, Institutional Ethnography, Global Ethnography, Southern Theory & Global Dynamics of Knowledge

  • Research project on “Students’ Experiences with Distance Learning under COVID-19” in Collaboration- SERU Consortium, University of California, Berkley
  • Research Project on “Social Studies Education in India” in collaboration with Education University of Hong Kong project on- Social Studies Education in Asian Contexts.
  • Research project on “Comparative and Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences: The Case of Tibetan Students in India” in collaboration with faculty at the Education University of Hong Kong
  • Research project on “Strengths-based school leadership practices in India and Australia: a comparative study” in collaboration with faculty at Monash University & RMIT, Australia
  • Research project on “Bridging Internationalisation and Social Responsibility in Higher Education” and co-authored book project in collaboration with faculty at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Drafting of “Global citizenship education: a handbook for teachers at upper primary level in India” (NCERT) and training of teachers, as a resource person for Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal (NCERT). The Handbook is a recipient of UNESCO Asia Pacific Centre for Education in International Understanding (APCEIU) award for one of the 5 Best Practices in 2019
  • 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): https://www.worldcces.org/international-research-symposium-sonepat-india-11-12-dec-2017.html
  • Coordinator of “Knowledge 4 Change” Mentor training programme in community-based participatory research in collaboration with 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/
  • “Postcolonial English and Intercultural Education in the Age of Globalization”- National webinar organized by the Bidhan Chandra College, University of Calcutta, 24th June 2020.
  • Eminent Educators’ Colloquium: Agenda Setting for Leadership on the theme: “The Future of Education”- International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building, O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University), 5th June 2020.
  • Challenge or Opportunity? Distance Learning in the Age of Social Distancing”- webinar organized by the American Consulate, Kolkata, US-India Education Foundation and the Fulbright India office, 13th May 2020.
  • Global Citizenship Education”- Training of KRPs on Global Citizenship Education for 21st Century Skills for Maharashtra and Gujarat, March 14-18, 2020

  • Southern Theory on Experiential Learning: Historic Innovations & Trends”- One Day UGC- National Seminar on “Experiential Learning: Innovation and Trends at University of Jammu on March 3rd 2020
  • 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.
  • Mukherjee, M. (March 2019). “Tagore’s “rooted-cosmopolitanism” and international mindedness against institutional sustainability”, Asia Pacific Journal of Education. 40 (1). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2020.1725430
  • Mukherjee, M. (2019). “Educating the Heart and the Mind: Conceptualizing Inclusive Pedagogy for Sustainable Development”. In Liz Jackson (Ed.) Asian Perspectives on Education for Sustainable Development. London & Singapore: Routledge [The chapter was originally published in the journal- “Educational Philosophy and Theory”]
  • Mukherjee, M. (2019). Ratna Ghosh: Short Biography & Significant Contributions. CIEclopedia. National Institute of Education. Singapore: Nanyang Technological University https://www.nie.edu.sg/research/cieclopedia-org/cieclopedia-org-a-to-z-listing/ghosh-ratna
  • Mukherjee, M. (Forthcoming). “Creative Resistance”: Establishing a World-minded Indian University in colonial British India. In Assié-Lumumba​, Bedi, Cross and Ekanayake (Eds.) ​Comparative Education for Global Citizenship, Peace and Harmony through Ubuntu. Brill-Sense Publishers
  • Mukherjee, M. (2019). “Southern theory and postcolonial comparative education”. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.466
  • Mukherjee, M. et al. (2019). Introduction to Global Citizenship Education. In Sangeeta Pethiya & Soyhunlo Sebu (Eds.). Global citizenship education: a handbook for teachers at upper primary level in India. Bhopal: Regional Institute of Education (NCERT). [Handbook Recipient of UNESCO Asia Pacific Centre for Education in International Understanding (APCEIU) award for one of the 5 Best Practices in 2019]
  • Mukherjee, M and Srivastava, R (2019). Inclusive Education. In Global citizenship education: a handbook for teachers at upper primary level in India. Sangeeta Pethiya & Soyhunlo Sebu (Eds.). Bhopal: Regional Institute of Education (NCERT).
  • Mukherjee, M. (2019). Embedding GCEd in social and political life textbooks. In  Global citizenship education: a handbook for teachers at upper primary level in India. Sangeeta Pethiya & Soyhunlo Sebu (Eds.). Bhopal, Regional Institute of Education (NCERT).
  • Mukherjee, M., & Suresh, K. (2019). Local and Global “Congeries” Shaping Educational Administration in India. In V. Fernandes & P. W. K. Chan (Eds.), Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration (pp. 173-186). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.        
  • Mukherjee, M., & Suresh, K. (2018). Local and Global “Congeries” Shaping Educational Administration in India. In V. Fernandes & P. W. K. Chan (Eds.), Asia Pacific Education: Leadership, Governance and Administration (pp. 173-186). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.          
  • Mukherjee, M. (2018). “Decolonizing Pedagogy for Inclusive Education: Tagorean Analysis of a Case Study”. Kerry J Kennedy and John Chi-kin Le [Eds.]. Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia– Chapter 67, Section 13: Education for Sustainable Development. London, New York & Singapore: Routledge [RECEPIENT of 2018 Taylor & Francis award for Outstanding Handbook in Behavioural Sciences] 
  • Mukherjee, M. (2017). “Global Design and Local Histories: Culturally embedded meaning-making for Inclusive Education”, International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, Vol 16 https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/IEJ/article/view/12169
  • Mukherjee, M. (2017). “Educating the Heart and the Mind: Conceptualizing Inclusive Pedagogy for Sustainable Development”. Educational Philosophy and TheoryEducational Philosophy and Theory, 49 (5): Symposium: Asian Philosophies of Sustainable Development Routledge Taylor & Francis, DOI:10.1080/00131857.2016.1185002
  • Mukherjee, M. (2017). “Transformative Spiritual School Leadership for Inclusive Education”. In Vachel Miller [Ed.]. Apocalyptic Leadership in Education. IAP Book Series Transforming Education for the Future. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Apocalyptic-Leadership-in-Education
  • Mukherjee, M. (2017). “Intercultural Dialogue and Inclusive Education: from Europe to Mandela’s South Africa and Tagore’s India”. Crain Soudien [Ed.]. Nelson Mandela: Global Perspectives of his Significance for Education. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers 
  • Mukherjee, M. (2016). “From Missionary to New Middle Class Schooling in the Era of Global Capitalism: Dilemmas of Inclusive Education Reform in India” in Jeb Sprague [Ed]. Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania. London & Singapore: Routledge
  • Mukherjee, M. (2015). “Research Collaboration for Young Scholars of Indian Education: Case Study of a Global Conclave” in India Special issue II. Policy Futures in Education, 13(3) first published on March 13, 2015, doi:10.1177/1478210315571218
  • Mukherjee, M. (2015). “Indian Education at the Crossroads of Postcoloniality, Globalization and 21stC Knowledge Economy [Editorial]” India Special Issue I. Policy Futures in Education, 13 (2) first published on February 18, 2015 as doi:10.1177/1478210314568180
  • Mukherjee, M. (2015). “Empowering the subaltern: Resources of Hope for those left behind within the Indian system” [Editorial] India Special Issue II. Policy Futures in Education, 13 (3) first published on February 23, 2015 as doi:10.1177/1478210315569036
  • Mukherjee, M. (2012) “U.S. Study Abroad from Periphery to the Center of the Global Curriculum in the Information Age”. Policy Futures in Education, 10 (1), Symposium Journals, UK  
  • Esen, H., M., Peters, M.A., Mukherjee, M. et al. (2012) “A Post-Occidental Globe?” Policy Futures in Education, 10(1), Symposium Journals, UK 
  • Mukherjee, M. (2010). Book Review: Cosa, José. Power, Politics and Higher Education in Southern Africa. New York: Cambria Press, 2008. African Studies Quarterly, 11(4), 127-129. University of Florida, Centre for African Studies 
  • Mukherjee, M. (2009). Book Review: Masemann, V., Bray, M. & Manzon, M (Eds.). Common Interests Uncommon Goals: Histories of the Word Council of Comparative Education Societies and its Members. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 1464-519X, 28(3). Routledge Taylor & Francis.
  • Challenges of Tibetan Students within India Higher Education System” – paper accepted for presentation at the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia’s 49th Annual Conference to be held at the University of Hong Kong, 7-11, Dec, 2019
  • Bridging Internationalisation and Social Responsibility in Higher Education for Sustainable Development”- paper presented at the 63rd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Francisco, USA, April 13-19, 2019
  • Refugee education, Inclusion and Innovation in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges” – paper presented at the 2nd WCCES symposium at UNESCO- IBE, Geneva, 14-15, January 2019
  • Creative Resistance: Establishing a World-minded Indian University in colonial British India”- paper presented at the 1st WCCES symposium at University of Johannesburg, South Africa, 21-22 June, 2018
  • 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.  
  • April 2016-April 2019:- Associate Editor: Routledge journal- Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education

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

  • Organizer & moderator of Aspire India Scholars Programme Webinar Series- How to reopen schools post-COVID-19?  O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) beginning 27th May 2020
  • Concept note and thematic organizer of Eminent Educators’ Colloquium- The Future of Education beginning 5th June 2020
  • 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.
  • “Research & Publication Ethics”- DS-C-003- Doctoral Core Course
  • “Qualitative Research Methods” Module 3- DS-C-001- Doctoral Core Course
  • “Globalization of Education” – MA (DLB) 0388- Fall Semester- Elective Course
  • “Global Citizenship & International Understanding”- MA (DLB) 0446- Spring Semester- Elective Course
  • “Advanced Research Seminar” for PhD students; Spring 2017. 
  • “Globalization of Education” Master’s/PhD level course; Fall 2017
  • Master’s Thesis Supervision; Spring 2018

Master’s and Doctoral 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)
  • “Indian Students’ Motivation for Short-term Study Abroad Programmes” – Bhuvaneshawari, M. (Ongoing)

  • 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

  • Guest Editor, Vol 19 (1), 2020 International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives published by the University of Sydney Open journal system.
  • Research Standing Committee Member, World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), February 2020-ongoing

  • 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