Sarah Manchanda is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Sarah earned a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Special Education, from George Mason University. Sarah graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and a minor in International Relations. Prior to graduate studies, Sarah taught Special Education in Washington D.C. for three years. She also worked as a curriculum developer and coach as an American India Foundation fellow in South India for two years.
Her current research interests include a) Analyzing bullying based on disability and race, b) Promoting the capacity of teachers and peer bystanders to defend victims of bullying through investigating moral reasoning, and c) Critical pedagogy and moral education as approaches to enhance educational equity.
She received the UCSF | UCB Schwab Dyslexia & Cognitive Diversity Center innovation fund award to support her dissertation research examining the moral reasoning and school-based experiences of students with learning disabilities during the pandemic. She was selected as a UC Berkeley Graduate Remote Instruction Innovation fellow to support her work as a Graduate Student Instructor during the time of distance learning. She has also been selected as a California State University fellow in the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive program.