Faculty Biography

nigel brissett - Clark University

Nigel O. M. Brissett, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change
International Development, Community and Environment
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Email: nbrissett@clarku.edu
Phone:(508) 793-7691




Research, Teaching and Practitioner Interests

Educational policy and leadership; high-skilled migration; globalization and education; higher educational access and equity; postcolonial studies; critical theory; development and small island developing states (SIDS); critical policy analysis; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Background

Dr. Brissett's research focuses on how contemporary educational policies impact socio-economic opportunities in "developing" countries, particularly those of the post-colonial Caribbean, as well as other states around the world. His current work analyzes the intersection of neo-liberal principles and post-colonial social welfare policies, and the results that ensue. Dr. Brissett’s research is especially attentive to issues of educational access and equity for marginalized groups in the era of rapid neo-liberal globalization. His interdisciplinary scholarship draws upon postcolonial theory and critical education policy studies to examine Caribbean education and development through work in three key but interconnected areas: 1) education policy reform for educational equity; 2) Caribbean regional responses to global discourses of sustainable development; and 3) Caribbean high skilled emigration and continuity 

In one of his more recent research projects, Dr. Brissett examines how skilled emigration — defined as emigrants holding a bachelor's degree or extensive/equivalent experience in a given field — from the Caribbean impacts educational policy nationally and regionally. This study highlights the complexity of developing effective policy to address a phenomenon, such as skilled emigration, that is subject to global forces (free-market principles, the free movement of labor) within the knowledge economy.

Dr. Brissett's professional experiences have been quite diverse but are primarily focused on educational expansion and equity in low-resourced settings. He has worked on educational policies, programs and projects in the Caribbean to extend tertiary educational programs and services to fifteen countries in the region. He has also worked on educational reform initiatives for the Higher Educational system in Afghanistan.

In an earlier career, Dr. Brissett worked in Jamaica's banking sector, as well as co-managed a government subsidized student-loan facility for low-income higher education students in the Caribbean.

Dr. Nigel Brissett was born in Jamaica, located in the northern Caribbean — a region with a rich but turbulent political, cultural and economic history. Much of this region's experiences, as well as Dr. Brissett's personal story, have shaped the social justice orientation of his intellectual work as he critically engages with the material and ontological worlds.

Education

2011 Doctor of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership
University of Massachusetts Amherst

2002 Master of Science in Government
University of the West Indies, Mona

1998 Bachelor of Arts in Literatures in English
University of the West Indies, Mona

Courses Taught

ID125: Tales from the Far Side: Contemporary Dilemmas in Development
IDCE 314/ID 214: Youth and Education in a Global Context
IDCE 30399: The World’s Biggest Promise: The MDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
IDCE: 265/30365: Global Issues in Education
IDCE 223/364: Educational Policy issues in Developing Countries
IDCE 360: The History and Politics of International Development Theory
IDCE 361: Program and Project Design, Planning and Management
IDCE 333/ID 212: Development Management in Developing Countries

Selected Publications

Brissett, N. O. (2019). Losing the elite: Caribbean educational policy responses to the emigration of skilled labor. Journal of Education Policy, 34(5), 686-704. 

Brissett, N. (2019). Evolution of educational inclusion discourse in Jamaica: From colonialism to globalization.In Blackman, S., Conrad, D. M. & Brown, L. (Eds.). Achieving Inclusive Education in the Caribbean and Beyond: From Philosophy to Praxis. Springer International Publishing

Brissett, N. (2019). Jamaica’s teacher education system: The reach of history, and the reach for history. Karras, K. G. and Wolhuter, C. C. (eds). International Handbook on Teacher Education Worldwide: Issues and Challenges for Teacher Profession (pp. 125-142). Athens, Atrapos Edition.

Brissett, N. (2018). Education for social transformation (EST) in the Caribbean: A Postcolonial Perspective. Education Sciences, 8(4), 197.

Brissett, N. (2018). The Sustainable Development Goals and the Caribbean: Unrealizable promises? Progress in Development Studies, 18(1), 18-35.

Brissett, N., & Mitter, R. (2017) [student-co-author]. For function or transformation? A critical discourse analysis of education under the Sustainable Development Goals. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS), 15(1), 181-204.

Brissett, N. (2017). Theorizing state size behavior and transnational higher education. In T. Jules & P. Ressler (eds.) Is “small” always small and “big” always big? Re-reading educational policy and practice in small states –Comparative Studies Series (pp. 151-171). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Brissett, N. (2016). From “Growth driven” to “Regulatory control”: Tertiary education governance in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In The Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated and Governed (pp. 217-240). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Brissett, N. (2013). Reading conformity, resistance, and hybridity in Jamaica’s educational policy reform approaches. Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies, 4 (4), 82-116.

Brissett, N. (2010). Jamaica's policy discourse in the age of globalization: Framing education as (private) investment. The Global South, 4(2), 197-217.

Roberts, V., & Brissett, N. (2003). Pathways to tertiary education in the English-speaking Caribbean. Tertiary Level Institutions Unit, University of the West Indies. (commissioned by the University of the West Indies). 

Selected Conference Presentations

“Education for social transformation in the Caribbean: A Postcolonial perspective” (Part I), 44th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference, Santa Marta, Colombia, June 3-7, 2019.

“Evolution of educational Inclusion (special education) policy in the Anglophone Caribbean: From colonialism to globalization,” Comparative and International Education Society, 2019 Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, April 14 – 18, 2019.

“Clipping their Wings? Caribbean education policy responses to the emigration of its highly skilled citizens” (Part I), 43th Annual Caribbean Studies Association conference, Havanna, Cuba, June 7, 2018.

“Clipping their wings? Caribbean education policy responses to the emigration of its highly skilled citizens” (Part II), The 28th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savanna, Georgia, February 16, 2017.

“Losing the elite: Caribbean educational policy responses to the emigration of skilled labor,” 27th  Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies conference, February 16-17, 2018, Savanna Georgia.

“For function or transformation? A critical discourse analysis of education under the Sustainable Development Goals,” Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) initiative, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The workshop titled: “Sustainable Development Goals for Higher Education,” The University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 1, 2017.

“Does size matter? theorizing state size behavior and transnational higher education: Jamaica and Malaysia,” A conference hosted by Caribbean Studies Program of Howard University with support from the University of Maryland, entitled “A Global Crossroads? Caribbean Studies beyond the Disciplines,” September 9 - 10, 2015

“Adapting and contesting the global order: Tertiary education policy and governance in the Caribbean,” Caribbean Studies Association 40th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 25 - 29, 2015.

“Change and complexity: Higher educational governance in the Caribbean,” Comparative and International Education Society, 2015 Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 8-13, 2015.

Conformity, Resistance, and hybridity in Jamaica’s educational policy reform approaches,” Comparative and International Education Society, 2013 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10-15, 2013.

“Reading resistance, conformity and hybridity in educational policy reform,” 21st Annual British Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, Georgia, February 17-18, 2012.