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. 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.
(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.
(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)
(2020) Educational Inequality and State-Sponsored Elite Education: The case of the Dutch gymnasium. Comparative Education. Online Early. (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)