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Prof. dr. M.S. (Michael) Merry

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Methods and statistics
Photographer: Leen Bregman

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Professional Bio

    Michael S. Merry is professor in the department of Child Development and Education. He also is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanities and the Departments of both Geography and 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. Though he writes on a wide variety of topics, he specializes in the following: the various features of educational inequality, both institutional and non-institutional; state paternalism and the ethics of intervention; the politics and epistemology of academic research; the ethics of school choice and school segregation, citizenship and civic education, religion and religious schools, and alternative education in its manifold forms.

    Educational Justice

    Books authored

    (2020)  Educational Justice: Liberal ideals, persistent inequality and the constructive uses of critique. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    (2013)  Equality, Citizenship and Segregation: A defense of separation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    (2007)  Culture, Identity and Islamic Schooling: A philosophical approach. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Equality, Citizenship and Segregation

        

    Culture, Identity, and Islamic Schooling

       

    Books edited

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

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

    Religious Schools in Europe

    Selected Recent Publications

    (2021) What is an Appropriate Educational Response to Controversial Historical Monuments? Journal of Philosophy of Education 55 (3): 484-497. (with Anders Schinkel)

    (2020) Educational Inequality and State-Sponsored Elite Education: The case of the Dutch gymnasium. Comparative Education 56 (4): 522-546. (with Willem Boterman)

    (2019) Should The Homeless Be Forcibly Helped? Public Health Ethics 12 (1): 30-43 (with Bart van Leeuwen)

    (2018) Can Schools Fairly Select Their Students? Theory and Research in Education 16 (3): 330-350 (with Richard Arum)

    (2017) The Catholic School Advantage and Common School Effect Examined: a comparison of Muslim immigrants and native pupils in Flanders. School Effectiveness and School Improvement 28 (1): 123-135 (with Orhan Agirdag & Geert Driessen)

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

    Access to all of my publications can be found at either of these sites:

    https://uva.academia.edu/MichaelMerry?from_navbar=true

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael-Merry-3

    Citizenship, Identity, and Education in Muslim Communities

        

    Inaugural lecture

  • Publications

    2020

    2019

    • Merry, M. S. (2019). Black charter schools and white liberal ambivalence. In M. Levinson, & J. Fay (Eds.), Democratic discord in schools: Cases and commentaries in educational ethics (pp. 169-172). Harvard Education Press. [details]
    • Oulali, I., Bos, H., van den Akker, A., Fukkink, R. G., Merry, M. S., & Overbeek, G. (2019). Development and validation of the Religious Collective Self-Esteem scale for children. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 11(3), 188-202. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000145 [details]
    • van Leeuwen, B., & Merry, M. S. (2019). Should the Homeless Be Forcibly Helped? Public Health Ethics, 12(1), 30-43. https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phy006 [details]

    2018

    2017

    2016

    2015

    • Merry, M. S. (2015). The conundrum of religious schools in twenty-first-century Europe. Comparative Education, 51(1), 133-156. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2014.935582 [details]
    • New, W., & Merry, M. S. (2015). ‘Beware of Elites Bearing Theories’: Clarence Thomas on Race and Education. Journal of Education & Social Policy, 2(1), 62-71. [details]

    2014

    2013

    • Collier, K. L., Bos, H. M. W., Merry, M. S., & Sandfort, T. G. M. (2013). Gender, ethnicity, religiosity, and same-sex sexual attraction and the acceptance of same-sex sexuality and gender non-conformity. Sex Roles, 68(11-12), 724-737. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-012-0135-5 [details]
    • Ingleby, D., Kramer, S., & Merry, M. S. (2013). Educational challenges raised by refugee and asylum-seeking children and other newcomers: the Dutch response. In E. L. Brown, & A. Krasteva (Eds.), Migrants and refugees: equitable education for displaced populations (pp. 29-50). (International advances in education: global initiatives for equity and social justice). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (2013). Equality, citizenship and segregation: a defense of separation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137033710 [details]

    2012

    2011

    2010

    • Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2010). Hindoescholen in Nederland: een alternatieve route naar integratie? Migrantenstudies, 26(1), 21-40. [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (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. [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (2010). Identity. In P. L. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education 3rd edition (pp. 152-157). Oxford: Elsevier Science. [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & Karsten, S. (2010). Restricted liberty, parental choice and homeschooling. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 44(4), 497-514. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9752.2010.00770.x [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & Milligan, J. A. (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. [details]
    • New, W. S., & Merry, M. S. (2010). Solving the ‘gypsy problem’: D.H. and others v. the Czech Republic. Comparative Education Review, 54(3), 393-414. https://doi.org/10.1086/652857 [details]

    2009

    2008

    2007

    • Merry, M. S. (2007). Culture, Identity and Islamic Schooling: A philosophical approach. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    2018

    2016

    • Maussen, M., Vermeulen, F., Merry, M. S., & Bader, V. (Eds.) (2016). Religious schools in Europe: institutional opportunities and contemporary challenges. London: Routledge. [details]

    2014

    • Merry, M. S. (2014). Immigrants, education of. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy (pp. 402-406). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781483346229 [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (2014). Is there a positive case for segregation in a liberal society? In D. Goodhart (Ed.), Mapping integration (pp. 83-91). London: Demos. [details]

    2012

    • Merry, M. S. (2012). Foreword. In D. Gereluk (Ed.), Education, extremism and terrorism: what should be taught in citizenship education and why (pp. viii-x). London/New York: Continuum. [details]
    • Merry, M., Oulali, I., Steutel, J., & Levering, B. (2012). Segregatie in onderwijs en samenleving: bijdragen aan de Vijftiende Landelijke Pedagogendag. Amsterdam: SWP. [details]

    2010

    • Merry, M. S., & Milligan, J. A. (2010). Citizenship, identity and education in Muslim communities: essays on attachment and obligation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]

    2021

    • Elvira, Q. L., & Merry, M. S. (2021). Toetsen kan eerlijker. Didactief.

    2019

    • Merry, M. S. (Author), Chetty, D. (Author), & van Leeuwen, B. (Author). (2019). Kunnen onze scholen goed burgerschapsonderwijs wel aan?. Web publication/site
    • Merry, M. S., & Levy, G. (2019). The unspoken challenge of citizenship education: האתגר הלא מדובר של החינוך לאזרחות. Haokets.

    2018

    2017

    2016

    • Merry, M. S. (2016). Diversiteit: hard werken en engelengeduld. Folia.
    • Merry, M. S. (2016). Ethische dilemma’s bij schoolkeuze in de grote stad. In R. Fukkink, & R. Oostdam (Eds.), Onderwijs en opvoeding in een stedelijke context: Van startbekwaam naar stadsbekwaam (pp. 77-86). Bussum: Coutinho. [details]

    2015

    2013

    • Merry, M. S. (2013). Het recht van ouders om zelf een school te kiezen kan ook in het belang van het kind zijn. Schoolbestuur, 33(4), 18-19.

    2011

    • Merry, M. S. (2011). De rol van filosofie in pedagogisch en onderwijskundig onderzoek. (Oratiereeks). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (2011). Islam in Nederland en België [Review of: (2008) Islam in Nederland en België]. Insight Turkey, 12(2), 268-271. [details]
    • Merry, M. S. (2011). [Review of: S.J. McKinney (2008) Faith schools in the twenty-first century]. European Education, 43(2), 98-100. https://doi.org/10.2753/EUE1056-4934430205 [details]

    2010

    • Merry, M. S. (2010). Segregatie is soms beter. Didactief, 40(4), 4-7.

    2015

    • Agirdag, O., Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2015). Is there a catholic school effect for muslim pupils?. Paper presented at 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2015). The Gross and Net Effects of the school’s denomination on student performance. Poster session presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015, Chicago, United States.
    • Driessen, G., Agirdag, O., & Merry, M. S. (2015). Performance differences between religious and non-religious schools. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015, Budapest, Hungary.

    Award

    • Merry, M. (2019). Docent van het jaar.
    • Merry, M. (2018). Docent van het jaar.
    • Merry, M. (2017). Docent van het jaar.

    Talk / presentation

    • Merry, M. S. (invited speaker) (2015). Educational options for Muslim pupils in comparative perspective, Lecture at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, Mannheim, Germany.
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