Sanjay is from India, though he was born in Casablanca, Morocco and raised in Barcelona, Spain.
He holds a BSc in Marketing and International Business from New York University, and an MA in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. He is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Education at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
His research focuses on Democratic Citizenship Education (DCE) in 5th grade classrooms of urban schools in marginalized, displaced and predominantly afro-descendent communities of Cali (Colombia), characterized by high levels of violence. He subscribes to a conception of democratic citizenship that is practiced rather than given, thereby recognizing the agency of children, not as future citizens ‘in the making’, but as citizens in their own right.
Beyond teaching language courses (English and Spanish) in Andhra Pradesh (working closely with Dalit communities), New Delhi, and Colombia, he has worked with Lund University in Swedish International Development Agency sponsored child rights education projects in Colombia, Guatemala and Bolivia primarily. More recently, he was Principal Investigator and fellow at Save the Children, Philippines, carrying out a study to measure the impact of a programme to promote inclusive education with a focus on children with disability. He has presented his work in different venues, including the Association of Moral Education Conferences held in Santos, Brazil and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He feels fortunate to be part of the Externado University, where he has taught since 2006. Besides English language courses, he currently teaches Education for Peace, and Democracy, Citizenship and Education. He is convinced that languages, like other disciplines, are mediums through which teachers can tap the ample spectrum of learners’ intelligences, thereby reading not only the word but the world.