Maria Guajardo is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Soka University, Japan, where she previously served as Dean and Vice-President, with the distinction of being the first female and the first non-Japanese in these positions. Her research is at the intersection of leadership, global citizenship, DEIB, women, and critical pedagogy. She recently published two book chapters, Global Citizenship Education and Humanism: A Process of Becoming and Knowing (2021) and The Space in Between (2022), and her professional journey was featured in Over, Under, Around, and Through: How Hall of Famers Surmount Obstacles (2022).
She is co-editing the book Value Creating Education: Teacher’s Perceptions and Practices (Routledge, in press). A graduate of Harvard University, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She is the recipient of the University of Denver Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award and the Soka University Award of Highest Honor.