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: inequality as a feature of school systems; paternalism and the ethics of intervention; the epistemology of education research; school choice and school segregation; citizenship and civic education; minoritised school populations; religion and religious schools, and alternative education.
(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) Can Schools Teach Citizenship? Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education 41 (1): 124-138.
(2019) Should The Homeless Be Forcibly Helped? Public Health Ethics 12 (1): 30-43 (with Bart van Leeuwen)
(2018) Islamitische scholen en indoctrinatie. Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid 9 (3): 6-22 (with Marcel Maussen)
(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)
(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. (pp. 29-50) E. Brown & A. Krasteva (eds) Information Age. (with David Ingleby & Sander Kramer).
(2012) Equality, Self-Respect and Voluntary Separation. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (1): 79-100.