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Ashley Rogers Berner, PhD

Associate Professor, Deputy Director of the Institute for Education Policy

Ashley Berner is Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School Education. She served previously as the Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy and the Director of the Education Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, UVa. Dr. Berner has published articles and book chapters on the relationship between educational structure and state funding in democratic nations, religious education and citizenship formation, and teacher preparation in different national contexts. Palgrave MacMillan published Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School in 2017. She consults regularly on projects that examine the academic and civic outcomes of different school sectors. Her teaching experience took place in a Jewish pre-school, an Episcopal secondary school, and an open university in Louisiana. She serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Education Development Consortium. She holds degrees from Davidson College (Honors A.B.) and from Oxford University (M.Litt. and D.Phil. in Modern History).


A.B. Honors Davidson College (History); M. Litt. and D.Phil., Oxford University (Modern History)


2015 – Present Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Assistant Professor, School of Education
2013 – 2015 Deputy Director, CUNY Institute for Education Policy
2006 – 2013 Co-Director, Moral Foundations of Education, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and Associate Director, In Medias Res Foundation
1998 – 2003 Instructor, Comparative Religion and Ethics, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL
1994 – 1996 Instructor, Introduction to Western Civilization and Honors Introduction to Western Civilization, Southeastern Louisiana University
1991 – 1994 Research Analyst, Barq’s Root Beer, New Orleans
1990 – 1991 Instructor, Jewish Community Center of Central Florida


Berner, A. (2017). Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School. New York, NY:  Palgrave MacMillan.

Berner, A., Hunter, J. D. (2014). Educating Citizens: The Paradoxes of Difference and Democracy.   In Adam Seligman (Ed.), Religious Education and the Problem of Pluralism. NY: Oxford Univ. Press.

Berner, A. (2012). Funding Schools. In Charles Glenn and Tilburg de Groof (Eds.), Balancing Freedom, Autonomy, and Accountability in Education. Wolf Legal Publishers.

Berner, A. (2006). Is English Education Secular?. In E. Jane Garnett (Ed.), Redefining Christian          Britain: Post 1945 Perspectives (pp. 222-232). London: SCM.


Berner, A. (January 2018). Policy Memo: Pluralism in American School Systems. Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.

Berner, A. Review of the Wiley Handbook on School Choice. in Robert Maranto (Ed.), (2nd edition, vol. 2018) New York: Taylor and Francis: Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.

Berner A. (April 2017). Expanding Access to Non-Public Schools: A Research and Policy Review. Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. Berner, A., with D. Steiner, A. Bjorklund-Young, J. Reilly, S. Ross, G. Morrison, C. Lake, A. Reid. (February 2017). Do Curricular Choices Matter? A Working Paper for the Knowledge Matters Campaign, a project of StandardsWork, Inc.

Berner, A. (September 2017). Would School Inspections Work in the United States? Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.

Berner, A. (November 2016). The Promise of Curriculum: Recent Research on Louisiana’s Instructional Reforms. Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.

Berner, A. (July 2016). Public Funding for Private Schools: Recent Research and Larger Policy Implications. Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.

Berner, A. (2016). In Robert Maranto (Ed.), Review of Using Research Evidence in Education: from the Schoolhouse Door to Capitol Hill (2nd ed., vol. 2016). New York: Taylor and Francis: Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.


Berner, A. “Quality Schools: Managing School Closings to Optimize Student Outcomes.” Baltimore Educational Research Consortium. (April 2019).

Berner, A. “Curriculum and Education Policy.” CenterPoint Education Solutions blog. (August 1, 2018).

Berner, A. “Education for the Common Good.” EdNext (November 30, 2017).

Berner, A. “Could American Educators and Students Benefit from School Inspections?” The 74 Million (October 3, 2017).

Berner, A. “Psychological Harm and School Choice.” Thomas B. Fordham Institute (August 15, 2017).

Berner, A. “To Improve Education in America, Look Beyond the Traditional School Model.” Brookings Institution, Brown Center Chalkboard (May 8, 2017).

Berner, A. “How School Culture Drives Civic Knowledge and Shapes the Next Generation of Citizens?” The 74 Million (April 18, 2017).

Berner, A. “America’s Muslim Schools and the Common Good,” The 74 Million (January 23, 2017). Berner, A. “How Rethinking Classroom Instruction May have Boosted Student Achievement in Louisiana,” The 74 Million (January 4, 2017).

Berner, A. “Re-Imagining the School Choice Debates,” The 74 Million (December 15, 2016).


Mathewson, Tara Garcia. “How Gaps in Knowledge Hold Students Back.” The Hechinger Report. (March 28, 2019).

Pondiscio, R. “’Knowledge Map’ Your ELA Curriculum.” The Thomas B. Fordham Institute. (February 3, 2019).

Berner, A., with Lisa Snell. “Interview: Pluralism and American Public Education.” Reason Institute. (January 23, 2019).

Berner, A., with David Griffith and Adam Tyner. “Podcast: Educational Pluralism.” Gadfly Show, Thomas B. Fordham Institute. (December 19, 2018).

Santelises, S. “The Importance of Asking Hard Questions about What Students Learn in School.” The Washington Post. (July 17, 2018).

Neem, J. “A time for school choice? If so, let’s be sure we ask the right questions.” Brookings’ Brown Center Chalkboard. (March 7, 2018).

Berner, A., with Martin West. EdNext Podcast: What if the Government Regulated Schools but did not Fund Them? (September 13, 2017).

Pondiscio, R. “Asking the Wrong Questions in the School Choice Debate,” U.S. News & World Report (March 6, 2017).


2018 – Present Editorial Board, Nuova Secondaria: Mensile di Cultura, Riverca Pedagogica, E Orientamenti Didattica. Studiom Edizione.
2018 – Present Committee Member, Doctoral Programs, Johns Hopkins School of Education.
2018 – Present Committee Member, PhD Advisory, Johns Hopkins School of Education.
2017 – Present Editorial Board, Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform. Taylor & Francis.
2016 – Present Doctoral Advisor, Johns Hopkins Doctoral Programs (both PhD and EdD).
2016 – Present Peer reviewer: Palgrave MacMillan, Oxford University Press, MIT Press.
2016 – 2018 School of Education representative, Masters in Teaching re-design project.
2017 – Peer reviewer, JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Round 2, Berman Institute for Bioethics (total awards: $350,000).
2016 – 2017 School of Education Lead, collaboration with Johns Hopkins’s Berman Institute for Bioethics on curriculum development and program implementation.
2015 – Present Johns Hopkins Doctoral Program, Instructor. Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning.
2015 – 2018 Member (2015 – 2016) and Committee Co-Chair (2016 – present), Student Affairs Committee, Johns Hopkins School of Education.
2016 – Committee Member, CAEP/NCATE Preparation Team (Spring 2016).
2014 – 2016 Assistant Book Review Editor, Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform.
2011 – 2014 Academic Advisor, American Center for Education Reform
2009 – Present Academic Advisor, CARDUS national education surveys and reports.


2019 – Present Advisory Committee, Collaborative for Spirituality in Education, Columbia Teachers College
2018 – Present Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow (2019 Summer Cohort)
September 2018 – Visiting Scholarship, University of Bergamo
2018 – Present Mentor, Chidsey Leadership Fellows, Davidson College
2018 – Present Partner, Networks for School Improvement, Baltimore City Public Schools
2017 – Present Advisory Council, Center for Government Excellence, Johns Hopkins University
2017 – Present Academic Advisor, 50CAN, Washington, D.C.
2017 – Present Senior Fellow, Cardus, Canada
2017 – Present Advisory Board, School Growth Foundation
2013 – 2018 Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law
2013 – 2014 Dulles Visiting Scholar, Institute on Religion and Public Life
2013 Senior Fellowship, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law
2005 – 2006 Research Grant Recipient, St Luke’s College Foundation, UK
2004 – 2006 Bielby Graduate Scholar, Oxford University
2004 – 2006 Research Grant Recipient, Culham Institute


Strategic Systems Change and Action Planning