Sarah Manchanda

Sarah Manchanda is pursuing a PhD in Special Education in the Joint Doctoral Program between the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Sarah graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She then taught for three years as a Special Education teacher in Washington, D.C., public schools. After teaching, she spent two years working as a curriculum developer and coach for an NGO in Andhra Pradesh, India (the Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources).

Her current research interests include (a) Peer victimization and bullying based on disability and race; (b) Promoting the capacity of teachers and peer bystanders through investigating moral reasoning; and (c) Critical pedagogy and moral education as interventions to address stigma-based bullying.

Specializations and Interests

1) Disability-based bullying; 2) Intersection of race and disability in education; 3) Teacher Development; 4) Social Emotional Learning; 5) Moral education and social justice education


​M.Ed, K-12 non-categorical Special Education teaching license

B.A., Communication, University of Southern California