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dhr. prof. dr. M.S. (Michael) Merry

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Onderwijskunde (OWK)
  • Bezoekadres
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15780
    1001 NG  Amsterdam
    T: 0205251551

Equality, Citizenship & Segregation

Professional Bio

Michael S. Merry is professor of philosophy in the department of Child Development and Education. He also is an associate member both of the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

He received a broad education in the humanities in Chicago, Leuven and New York before earning his doctorate in philosophy and educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Foci of his teaching and writing include: paternalism and the ethics of intervention; the epistemology of education research; school choice and school segregation; citizenship and civic education; and the ethical conflicts that arise between the state, parents and children.

A recent opinion piece of his concerning institutional racism in higher education can be found here:


Books authored

(2013)  Equality, Citizenship and Segregation: a defense of separation (Palgrave Macmillan)

(2007)  Culture, Identity and Islamic Schooling: a philosophical approach (Palgrave Macmillan)

Books edited

(2016) Maussen, M., Vermeulen, F., Bader, V., & Merry, M.  Religious Schools in Europe: institutional opportunitities and contemporary challenges (Routledge)

(2010) Merry, M. & Milligan, J.  Citizenship, Identity and Education in Muslim Communities: essays on attachment and obligation (Palgrave Macmillan)

Selected Recent Publications

(2016) Is the Liberal Defense of Public Schools a Fantasy? Critical Studies in Education, Online Early.

(2016) Voting Rights for Children and Civic Education. Public Affairs Quarterly (30) 3: 197-213.

(2016) Community, Virtue and the White British Poor. Dialogues in Human Geography (6) 1: 50-68.

(2015) The Conundrum of Religious Schools in Twenty-first Century Europe. Comparative Education (51) 1: 133-156. 

(2014) Risk, Harm and Intervention: the case of child obesity. Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy (17) 2: 191-200.               

(2013) Educational Challenges Raised by Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Children and other Newcomers: the Dutch response, in Migrants and Refugees: Equitable Education for Displaced Populations, Charlotte: Information Age: 29-50.

(2012) Equality, Self Respect and Voluntary Separation, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (15) 1: 79-100.

(2011) The Relevance of Cosmopolitanism for Moral Education, Journal of Moral Education (40): 1: 1-18.

(2010) Solving the 'Gypsy Problem': D.H. and Others v. Czech Republic, Comparative Education Review (54) 3: 393-414.

(2009) Can Intimacy Justify Home Education? Theory and Research in Education (7): 3: 363-381

(2008)  Constructing an Authentic Self: the challenges and promise of African-centred Pedagogy, American Journal of Education (115) 1: 35-64.

(2007) Should the State Fund Religious Schools? Journal of Applied Philosophy (24) 3: 255-270.

(2006) Islamic Schools in the Netherlands: Expansion or Marginalization? Interchange (37) 3: 201-223.

(2005) Indoctrination, Moral Instruction and Non-Rational Beliefs. Educational Theory (55) 4: 399-420.

(2004) Libertarian Bioethics and Religion. Bioethics (18) 5: 385-405.




Culture, Identity and Islamic Schooling

Citizenship, Identity, and Education in Muslim Communities


26 januari 2011

Inaugural Lecture

January 26, 2011

Contributors include Tariq Modood, Robert Hefner, Andrew March, Lucas Swaine, Hosni Rasheem, Matthew Nelson, Charlene Tan, Intan Moktar and Yedullah Kazmi

Religious Schools in Europe








  • M.S. Merry & S. Karsten (2010). Restricted liberty, parental choice and homeschooling. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 44 (4), 497-514. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2010.00770.x
  • W.S. New & M.S. Merry (2010). Solving the ‘gypsy problem’: D.H. and others v. the Czech Republic. Comparative Education Review, 54 (3), 393-414. doi: 10.1086/652857
  • G. Driessen & M.S. Merry (2010). Hindoescholen in Nederland: een alternatieve route naar integratie? Migrantenstudies, 26 (1), 21-40.
  • M.S. Merry (2010). Does segregation matter? In J. Bakker, E. Denessen, D. Peters & G. Walraven (Eds.), International perspectives on countering school segregation (pp. 249-260). Antwerpen: Garant.
  • M.S. Merry & J.A. Milligan (2010). Citizenship as attachment and obligation. In M.S. Merry & J.A. Milligan (Eds.), Citizenship, identity and education in Muslim communities: essays on attachment and obligation (pp. 1-20). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • M.S. Merry (2010). Identity. In P.L. Peterson, E. Baker & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education 3rd edition (pp. 152-157). Oxford: Elsevier Science.






  • M.S. Merry (2011). Islam in Nederland en België. [Review of the book Islam in Nederland en België]. Insight Turkey, 12(2), 268-271.
  • M.S. Merry (2011). De rol van filosofie in pedagogisch en onderwijskundig onderzoek. . Rede uitgesproken bij de aanvaarding van het ambt van hoogleraar Opvoedkunde, in het bijzonder Grondslagen en Geschiedenis van de Pedagogische Wetenschappen op 26 januari 2011 (2011, January 26). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam.[go to publisher's site]
  • M.S. Merry (2011). [Review of the book Faith schools in the twenty-first century]. European Education, 43(2), 98-100.


  • M.S. Merry (). Educational options for Muslim pupils in comparative perspective. Mannheim, Germany, Lecture at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.


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