Maya Kalyanpur

Maya Kalyanpur
Phone: (619) 260-7655
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 241


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University, New York
  • M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
  • B.A., St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India

Maya Kalyanpur is a Professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, having received her PhD in Special Education from Syracuse University. She started her career as a teacher of children with intellectual disabilities in India, and was a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Towson University, Maryland, and Associate Professor in the Department of Inclusive and Special Education at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has also worked as an international consultant in inclusive education with the national Ministry of Education in Cambodia, the World Bank and UNICEF Cambodia, and has conducted research over many years to learn about indigenous epistemologies of disability in India. She has participated on dissertation committees for doctoral students in the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County, and the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and mentors junior faculty at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the State University of New York at Potsdam. She was a faculty member of the Study Abroad program on human trafficking and girls’ education in Cambodia which received the Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization in 2014. She raises funds for the Proteep project, which supports girls to complete high school in Cambodia, and is Associate Editor, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education and a reviewer for several academic journals. She has published several books and numerous articles on the intersection of culture and special education, focusing on families of children with disabilities, and international development and disability studies.

She is currently co-editing a book, Disability studies in South Asia: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons, with Shridevi Rao, The College of New Jersey, to be published by Peter Lang, which presents an alternative analysis to disability appropriate to South Asia, has co-authored three books with Beth Harry, University of Miami, which offer cultural reciprocity as an approach towards building reciprocal relationships between professionals and families of children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and also co-authored the book, Engaging students: Thinking, talking and cooperating, published by Corwin Press.

Scholarly Work

Rao, S. & Kalyanpur, M. (Eds.) (in press). South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons. New York: Peter Lang.

Kalyanpur, M. (in press). Cultural reciprocity in home-school collaboration within international contexts. In E. C. Lopez, S. G. Nahari, & S. L. Proctor (Eds.) The Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology. New York: Routledge.
Kalyanpur, M. (2014). Distortions and dichotomies in inclusive education for children with disabilities in Cambodia in the context of globalization and international development. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 61(1), 80-94.

Kalyanpur, M. & Harry, B. (2012). Cultural reciprocity in special education: Building reciprocal family-professional relationships. Baltimore: Brookes.

Kalyanpur, M. & Misra, A. (2011). Facing the challenge of inclusion in India. In K. Mazurek & M. Winzer, (Eds.) International practices in special education: Debates and challenges. (pp. 193-216). Gallaudet University Press.
Kalyanpur, M. (2011). Paradigm and paradox: Education For All and the inclusion of children with disabilities in Cambodia. International Journal on Inclusive Education, 15(10), 1053-1071.

Clifford, E.J. & Kalyanpur, M. (2011) Immigrant narratives: Power, difference, and representation in young-adult novels with immigrant protagonists. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 13(1), 1-20.
Kalyanpur, M. (2010). Inclusion of children with disabilities in Cambodia. Journal for Disability and International Development, 2, 12-21.

Kalyanpur, M. (2008). Equality, quality and quantity: Challenges in inclusive education policy and service provision in India. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 12(3), 243-263.

Kalyanpur, M. (2008). The paradox of majority under-representation in special education in India: Constructions of difference in a developing country. Journal of Special Education, 42(1), 55-64.