FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that takes ideas in educational research, which may initially seem impenetrable, and seeks to make them more accessible, unraveling their complexity through conversations with expert academics in the field.
The show began in October 2015 out of the confluence of two ideas: to make research on globalization and education less esoteric by encouraging academics to talk about concepts in their work in a conversational atmosphere using everyday language; and to expand the reach of educational research and ideas to a larger audience, beyond the confines of academic journals and conferences.
The show has been widely received, reaching an audience around the world. It has also been incorporated into many university syllabi.
Opinions expressed on FreshEd are solely those of the host or the guest interviewed, not FreshEd, which takes no institutional positions.
FreshEd Team Members
Will Brehm, the creator and host of FreshEd, is an Assistant Professor in the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). His current research looks at the process of national and regional identity making inside public schools in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. If you’re interested in learning more about Will, please visit his personal website.
Sherry Yang, a FreshEd Producer, is currently a master’s student at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Her research interests include lifelong learning, social education, education reform in contemporary China, and aging societies in Asian countries. She is studying women of square dancing in China, trying to understand the meaning of this collective activity, how it relates to their life, and the role of education in this context.
Yuval Dvir, a FreshEd Producer, holds an M.A. in Education Leadership & Administration and an M.Mus. in Musical Performance and Pedagogy, both from Tel Aviv University. His research interests include internationalization, global citizenship, international education, and mobility. Yuval works in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the capacity of DP Coordinator and continues to practice music education as a conductor. He is expected to begin his Ph.D course in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Hang Duong, a FreshEd Producer, is currently a Ph.D. student in the Comparative and International Education program at Lehigh University in the USA. She taught at the Foreign Trade University in Vietnam and earned her Master’s degree at Monash University in Australia. Her areas of research include privatization in education, citizenship and democratic education, and teachers’ professional development.
Luanjiao (Aggie) Hu, FreshEd’s social media coordinator, is a Chinese international student studying in the US. She is now completing her third year of a PhD program in the International Education Policy Program at University of Maryland, College Park. Her research interests are in disability studies, higher education, and international education.