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

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Educational Sciences
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile
    Equality, Citizenship & Segregation

    Professional Bio

    Michael S. Merry is professor of philosophy 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. 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; religion and religious schools, and alternative education in its manifold forms.

    Books authored

    (2019)  Educational Justice (forthcoming)

    (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)

    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)

    Selected Recent Publications

    (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)

    (2018) Can Patriotism be Critical? in The Handbook on Patriotism. Mitja Sardoc (ed). Springer: 1-16.

    (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)

    (2017) The Legal Situation of Home Education in Europe, in The Handbook of Home Education, M. Gaither (ed.) London: Wiley-Blackwell: 395-421 (with Henk Blok & Sjoerd Karsten)

    (2016) Community, Virtue and the White British Poor. Dialogues in Human Geography 6 (1): 50-68 (with Richard Harris & David Manley)

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

    (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, Health Care and Philosophy 17 (2): 191-200 (with Kristin Voigt)

    (2013) Educational Challenges Raised by Refugee and Asylum Seeker Children, in Migrants and Refugees: equitable education for displaced populations. Vol. 6 in series International Advances in Education: global initiatives for equity and social justice. E. Brown & A. Krasteva (eds) Information Age: 29-50 (with David Ingleby & Sander Kramer).

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







    Culture, Identity and Islamic Schooling
    Citizenship, Identity, and Education in Muslim Communities
  • Oratie


    26 januari 2011

    Inaugural Lecture

    January 26, 2011

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    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
    Religious Schools in Europe
  • Publications


    • Agirdag, O., Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2017). The Catholic school advantage and common school effect examined: A comparison between Muslim immigrant and native pupils in Flanders. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 28(1), 123-135. [details]
    • Blok, H., Merry, M. S., & Karsten, S. (2017). The legal situation of home education in Europe. In M. Gaither (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of home education (pp. 395-421). (Wiley handbooks in education). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. [details]
    • Driessen, G., Agirdag, O., & Merry, M. (2017). Denominatie van de school, gezins- en schoolsamenstelling en onderwijsprestaties: Verschillen openbaar en bijzonder onderwijs in hun opbrengsten? . Pedagogiek, 37(1), 47-61. [details]
    • Oulali, I., Bos, H. M. W., van den Akker, A. L., Fukkink, R. G., Merry, M. S., & Overbeek, G. J. (2017). Development and validation of the Religious Collective Self-Esteem scale for children. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.



    • Merry, M. S. (2015). The conundrum of religious schools in twenty-first-century Europe. Comparative Education, 51(1), 133-156. [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]



    • 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. [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 [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]




    • 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. [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. [details]


    • Merry, M. S. (2009). Patriotism, history and the legitimate aims of American education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 41(4), 378-398. [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & Driessen, G. (2009). Islamic schools in North America and the Netherlands: inhibiting or enhancing democratic dispositions? In P. A. Woods, & G. J. Woods (Eds.), Alternative education for the 21st century: philosophies, approaches, visions (pp. 101-122). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & Howell, C. (2009). Can intimacy justify home education? Theory and Research in Education, 7(3), 363-381. [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & Milligan, J. A. (2009). Complexities of belonging in democratic/democratizing societies: Islamic identity, ethnicity and citizenship in the Netherlands and Aceh. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 3(29), 313-325. [details]
    • Merry, M. S., & de Ruyter, D. J. (2009). Cosmopolitanism and the deeply religious. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 30(1), 49-60. [details]
    • de Ruyter, D. J., & Merry, M. S. (2009). Why education in public schools should include religious ideals. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 28(4), 295-311. [details]




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


    • 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. [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]


    • 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]


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


    • 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]



    • 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. [details]


    • 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.

    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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