Christopher B. Bjork

Professor of Education on the Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. Chair & Coordinator of Teacher Education

Christopher Bjork earned his BA and his MA in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. He completed his PhD in educational anthropology at Stanford University. Certified to teach both elementary and secondary school, he has worked as a classroom teacher in Japan and the United States.

His research interests include international comparative education, educational reform, teacher education, and youth sports. He is the author of the book Indonesian Education, and editor or coeditor of many other books, including Japanese Education in an Era of Globalization, Education and Training in Japan, Educational Decentralization, and Taking Teaching Seriously. His most recent book, High Stakes Schooling, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.

BA, MA, Wesleyan University; PhD, Stanford University
At Vassar since 2002


Vassar College Observatory
Box 330

Research and Academic Interests

International Comparative Education
Educational Reform
Teacher Education
Youth Sports


ASIA 275 International and Comparative Education
EDUC 162 Education and Opportunity in the United States
INTL 275 International and Comparative Education