Christopher Berg, Ph.D.

The author of Small Island, Big History (2016), a book examining British history through the lens of empire and imperialism, and a contributing editor of Unfolding the Thread of Time: 27 Texts on Greek and World History (2017), Christopher Berg’s research interests include citizenship, curriculum history, historical consciousness/historical thinking, world civilization and history, and creating a “usable” past in the twenty-first-century classroom.  His current book project, Historical Thinking in the 21st Century: Reimagining History Education, is an examination of how historical thinking is currently conceptualized and applied in secondary and higher education. Along with co-editor Theodore Christou, contributors include internationally-recognized scholars from Australia, Canada, Germany, the Republic of South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (England and Scotland), and the United States.

Christopher Berg, Ph.D.

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“Chris is blessed with a fine mind and sound academic instincts.”

—James S. Olson

Two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee

“Chris is one of those rare individuals who can balance work, life and academic pursuits perfectly!”

—Melanie Shaw

Assistant Dean, Dissertation Faculty

“I really think Chris is an ‘up and comer’ in the field of Social Studies/History education.”

—Kyle Ward

Author of History Lessons

His public outreach extends internationally to the United Kingdom (UK), where he is a contributor to Ancient History Encyclopedia, the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website, and to southeastern Europe, where he has been a contributing author for Historical Quest, a digital world history magazine in Athens, Greece.  Christopher’s research has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Research InitiativesCurriculum History, SAGE Open, The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Journal of Elementary and Secondary Education, Reviews in History, a publication of the Institute for Historical Research, London, and De Re Militari, a publication of the Society for Medieval Military History.

Christopher studied Medieval & Renaissance studies with Lee Daniel Snyder at New College of Florida, the state’s honors college for the liberal arts.  He studied modern history and biography with two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee James S. Olson at Sam Houston State University where he earned a master’s degree in Comparative World history.  In graduate school, Christopher received two academic scholarships, was nominated for a university writing prize, and named “Outstanding Graduate Student” by the History Department, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Alpha Theta (History).  He earned his Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching at Northcentral University with a dissertation examining the role of historical significance as a curricular model for improving historical literacy and student achievement.

A faculty member of several institutions of higher education in the United States, Christopher teaches lower-division courses in American, European, and World history, as well as surveys in the Humanities and World Religions.  Majors-level courses include seminars in military studies that concentrate on the interplay of war & society and modern European history with emphases on Twentieth-Century Europe, World War I, and World War II and the Holocaust.  At the graduate level, Christopher serves as a doctoral dissertation committee member, content reader and subject matter expert, and master’s Capstone Chair, mentoring and motivating online students in education, leadership, and learning technologies.