Focus areas: human rights and social justice education; inequities in education; human rights, social justice and social movements; intersectional activism; agency in youth; international and comparative education

Dr. Sandra Sirota is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs for a Capstone project in which students are mapping human rights education and training programs worldwide for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She holds a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut where she conducts research and teaches courses on human rights, social justice, and education.

Dr. Sirota earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education. Her research and teaching expertise include human rights education, social movements, and education in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. Recent and forthcoming publications appear in Comparative Education Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and Prospects.

Dr. Sirota served on the founding steering committee of the human rights education network, Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014 and is currently on the steering committee of the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education. She co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to high school students in New York City in 2006. She earned her Master's degree in international human rights from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies and her Bachelor's degree in anthropology from Cornell University.

Research & Publications

April 2019|Journal of Human Rights|Sandra Sirota

From the curriculum to the classroom: The urgent need for pre-service human rights teacher education in the United States (Forthcoming)

February 2019|Comparative Education Review|Sandra Sirota, Russell, S.G., Ahmed, A.K.

Human rights education in South Africa: Ideological shifts and curriculum reform (Forthcoming)

January 2017|Prospects|Sandra Sirota

The inconsistent past and uncertain future of human rights education in the United States