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Associate Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Ashley Berner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Associate Professor of Education. She served previously as the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy and as an administrator at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. Palgrave MacMillan released Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School (2017), and Dr. Berner has published articles, book chapters, and op-eds on citizenship formation, academic outcomes, and the political theories of education in different national contexts. She led the design of the Institute’s School Culture 360 and, with Director David Steiner, the design of the Institute’s Knowledge Maps. Her teaching experience took place in a Jewish pre-school, an Episcopal secondary school, and an open university in Louisiana.

Dr. Berner consults regularly with international, federal, and state-level school systems and academic entities, including by Ministerial Appointment on a review of the curriculum used by Alberta, Canada’s school system and a five-year fellowship at the Center for the Study of Law & Religion at Emory University School of Law. Dr. Berner holds degrees from Davidson College (Honors A.B.) and from Oxford University (M.Litt. and D.Phil. in Modern History).


  • –present
    Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, Johns Hopkins University


  • 2006 
    University of Oxford, Ph.D., Modern History