Ben Scherrer

I am a doctoral student in the International Education program. My research focuses on how people learn during times of migration and in nomadic contexts. I am interested in the relationships between education and displacement. My current work is on the transnational learning environments of East and Central African refugees resettled in Western Massachusetts.


My perspectives on education are shaped by my 10 years as a public school teacher in Washington State (at a Title 1 International Baccalaureate (IB) school), rural Southern Louisiana, and Massachusetts. In Washington, I also co-founded a place-based early childhood program that informed policy leading to Washington State becoming the first in the nation to license publicly funded, outdoor pre-schools.


My interests have led me to work with international education groups in East Africa and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Caribbean. I served as Program Director at the Open Learning Exchange, working with refugees living in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya.


My Bachelor of Science degree and K-8 teacher certification are from Western Washington University. I completed my M.Ed. at Harvard Graduate School of Education where I supported projects related to mobile education technologies and integration of refugees in national education systems, contributing to the 2019 UN Global Education Monitoring Report.


You can find me running, biking, or in CIE where I am the Book and Media Managing Editor for the Comparative Education Review.


“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless

means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”  ― Paulo Freire


Ben recently co-authored an article entitled Black Lives Matter in Our Syllabi: Another World Is Possible which appears in the Spring 2021 issue of the Comparative Education Review. [2-21]




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