Nigel Brissett

After graduating from CIE, I have been working in the department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University as a fulltime faculty (first as visiting and then as Assistant Professor) since September 2012. I teach courses across a broad spectrum of international development, including education-specific classes, but also courses on development theory and management, the global development goals (MDGs and SDGs), and courses at the intersection of education and youth development.


I continue to conduct research on education policy reform in the post-colonial Caribbean in the context of larger global education and development forces. My work focuses on current educational structures and policies in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), but also traces their links to neoliberal globalization’s education and development discourses, as well as to the region’s turbulent colonial past. My publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Education Policy, Progress in Development Studies and Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, among others.


I was honored to be the recipient of a Hodgkins Junior Faculty award in fall of 2020. The award is given to faculty members prior to their first post-tenure review.  It recognizes "excellence in teaching, excellence in scholarship, and deep and sustained engagement with the Clark community in all its diversity."


My most recent article was published in the Comparative Education Review November 2020 issue.  The article is titled Teaching like a Subaltern: Postcoloniality, Positionality, and Pedagogy in International Development and Education. [10-20] Note: in March 2021 Nigel was informed that his article was awarded an Honorable Mention in the George Bereday competition for the best article of the year in the Comparative Edcation review.


I often see CIE friends, including faculty, staff and former students, in and around the Amherst area where I still live with my family. I occasionally drop in at CIE in its new and nicely renovated home in Montague House. Much has changed with CIE but keeping in contact with old friends, virtually and in person, reminds me of some good times.[3-20]





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