Christopher Bjork Professor of Education on the Dexter M. Ferry, Jr. Chair & Coord. of Teacher Education and Director of Asian Studies
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
Research and Academic Interests
- EDUC 162. Education and Opportunity in the United States
- EDUC 235. Issues in Contemporary Education
In the Media
A Long-forgotten ‘Sister School’ Rekindles Vassar Ties
Nearly a century after Vassar students and alumnae raised money for a new auditorium in a lecture hall at Tokyo Women’s Christian University, the two schools rekindled their bonds at a meeting recently on the Vassar campus.
Vassar Receives $1 Million to Make Science Curriculum More Inclusive
Vassar is one of 57 colleges and universities to receive an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Study Shines Spotlight on International Students
Education Prof. Christopher Bjork and three of his students collaborated on a project examining the issues facing Vassar’s international students as the campus prepares to go more global.
The Vassar Noyce Teacher Scholar Community
The Vassar Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program has launched 16 careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Noyce scholars and mentors returned to campus in June to begin building an ongoing professional support system for the program’s alumnae/i.
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