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, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of San Diego 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 at Towson University, Maryland, and at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She was an international advisor in inclusive education to the Cambodian Ministry of Education under the World Bank-supported Global Partnership for Education program and received a Fulbright award to study services for students with learning disabilities in India. She has conducted research on the intersections of culture and special education and international development and disability studies in India, the US and Cambodia, with a specific focus on international inclusive and special education policy and practice, and families of children with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has co-edited the book, Disability studies in South Asia: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons, with Dr. Shridevi Rao, which presents an alternative analysis to disability appropriate to South Asia, and co-authored three books with Dr. Beth Harry, University of Miami, which offer cultural reciprocity as an approach towards building parent-professional relationships. She co-founded the Proteep project, which supports girls to complete high school in Cambodia.

Scholarly Work

Rao, S. & Kalyanpur, M. (in press) Universal notions of development and disability: Towards whose imagined vision? Disability and the Global South.

Kalyanpur, M. (2019). Challenges in implementing Response to Intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 19(2), 45-56. doi:10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v19i02/45-56.

Kalyanpur, M. (2019) “What can we do if they are not getting?”: Perspectives of teachers on inclusive education in a low-fee paying private English medium school. In R. Setty, R. Iyengar, M. Witenstein, E. Byker, & H. Kidwai (Eds.) Teaching and Teacher Education South Asian Perspectives. (pp. 93-112). Palgrave Macmillan.

Kalyanpur, M. (2019). Just the bathwater, not the baby: Presenting an alternative framework to inclusive education in the global south. In A. Hilton, B. Hinnant, S. Platt & C. Newman (Eds.) Comprehensive Multicultural Education in the 21st Century: Increasing Access in the Age of Retrenchment, pp. 175–193. Information Age Publications.

Kalyanpur, M. (2018). Using indigenous knowledge to provide educational services for children with disabilities. Journal of Early Childhood Studies, 2(2), pp. 397-413.

Kalyanpur, M. (2017). 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. (pp. 291-305)  New York: Routledge.

Kalyanpur, M. (2016). Inclusive education policies and practices in the context of international development: Lessons from Cambodia. In Andreas Köpfer & Christian Brüggemann (Eds.) Special Issue of the Journal of International Education Research and Development Pedagogy, 3, 16-21.

Rao, S. & Kalyanpur, M. (Eds.) (2015). South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons. New York: Peter Lang.

Kalyanpur, M. (2015). Mind the gap: The evolution of special education policy and practice in India in the context of globalization. In S. Rao & M. Kalyanpur (Eds.) South Asia and Disability Studies: Redefining boundaries and extending horizons. (pp. 49-72) New York: Peter Lang.

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.

Office Hours

Section 02M
2/03 - 5/10 W 4:30 pm - 6:30 pmTBD - TBD
2/03 - 5/10 TH 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmTBD - TBD