Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
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, and history and social studies education. His recently published book with Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Theodore Christou), "The Palgrave Handbook of History and Social Studies Education," examines how historical thinking is currently conceptualized and applied in secondary and higher education in international contexts.
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 Historical Encounters, the Journal of Research Initiatives, Curriculum 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 instruction, literacy, and student achievement. Recently, he was nominated for Distinguished Faculty of the Year award at another online university.
At Walden, Christopher is a Contributing Faculty for the Ed.D. program as a Dissertation Chair and Committee Member.
PhD, Northcentral University - San Diego, CA United States
MA, Sam Houston State University - Huntsville, TX United States
Professional Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education, The University of Newcastle - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Australia
Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Kaplan University - Fort Lauderdale, FL United States
Awards / Honors
Dog Star Award, RMCAD, 2020
Distinguished Faculty of the Year nominee, Colorado Technical University, 2019
Dog Star Award, RMCAD, 2019
Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award nominee, National Council for the Social Studies, 2017
Dissertation of the Year nominee, Northcentral University, 2017
Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of History, Sam Houston State University, 2012
Dr. John Payne Scholarship, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sam Houston State University, 2011
Joan Verrelli Scholarship, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sam Houston State University, 2010
Berg, C. W., Christou, T. M. (2020). The Palgrave Handbook of History and Social Studies Education.
Berg, C. W. (2019). Why Study History? An Examination of Undergraduate Students' Notions and Perceptions about History. Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Culture, and History Education.
Christou, T. M., Berg, C. W. (2020). Introduction: History education in theory, practice, and the space in between. Palgrave Macmillan.
Berg, C. W., Christou, T. M. (2020). Conclusion: History education internationally, past, present, and future. Palgrave Macmillan.
Berg, C. W., Christou, T. (2017). History and the public good: American Historical Association presidential addresses and the evolving understanding of history education. Curriculum History.
Berg, C. W. (2016). The ‘rules of engagement’: The ethical dimension of doctoral research. Journal of Research Initiatives.
Berg, C. W., Shaw, M. (2014). Moving towards a humanistic social studies and history curricula: A review of recent reflective practices. SAGEOpen.
Berg, C. W., Shaw, M. (2014). Debating controversial history: A twenty-first century reappraisal of the Orientalist debate, its key actors, and its future. International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities.
Berg, C. W. (2013). Past and present reflections on Winston Churchill from America and Britain. Journal of Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Journal of Interdisciplinary Collaboration.
Berg, C. W. (2013). A necessary evil? Great Britain, the death penalty, and the World Wars. Journal of Interdisciplinary Collaboration.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Enlightenment ideas of liberty or popular disaffection?. (Ο Διαφωτισμός & η πολιτική αφύπνιση στις Αμερικανικές Αποικίες, 1760-80). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Captain James Cook’s explorations in the Pacific. (Οι Εξερευνήσεις του Πλοιάρχου James Cook στον Ειρηνικό). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Economic effects of the seven years' war on British West Indies: A case study in smuggling. (Υπόθεση “Λαθρεμπόριο” στην Καραϊβική του 18ου αιώνα). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Britain's civilizing mission in East Africa and its effect on slavery. (Η αποικιακή Βρετανία στην Ανατολική Αφρική και η δουλεία). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Britain humbled? A last-ditch effort to re-establish empire in southeast Asia, post– 1945. (Η Βρετανία ταπεινωμένη; Οι απέλπιδες προσπάθειες των Βρετανών στη ΝΑ Ασία μετά το 1945). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). The 'Palmerstonian Age' and the 'Don Pacifico' Affair. (Ο ναυτικός αποκλεισμός του Πειραιά και η υπόθεση «Don Pacifico»). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). A call to arms: Napoleon and Britain's fight for survival. (Κάλεσμα στα όπλα: Η αναμέτρηση του Ναπολέοντα και των Βρετανών για επιβίωση). Historical Quest.
Berg, C. W. (2012). Contending visions of the Lone Star state. [Comparative review of Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity by G. S. Ely and The Path to a Modern South: Northeast Texas Between Reconstruction and the Great Depression by W. L. Buenger]. Reviews in History, Institute for Historical Research, London.
Berg, C. W. (2012). [Review of the book The late Byzantine army: Arms & society, 1204-1453, by M. Bartusis]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2012). [Review of Byzantine infantrymen: Eastern Roman empire c. 900-1204 & Byzantine cavalrymen: Eastern Roman empire c. 900-1200 by T. Dawson]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2012). William Goyens. The Texas Black History Preservation Project: Documenting the total African-American experience in Texas.
Berg, C. W. (2011). Tejanos and the American Dream [Comparative review of Jose Antonio Navarro: In search of the American dream in nineteenth-century Texas by D. McDonald and Tejano empire: Life on the south Texas ranchos by A. Tijerina]. Reviews in History, Institute for Historical Research, London.
Berg, C. W. (2011). Combat resilience in the First World War—A historiographical review. Reviews in History, Institute for Historical Research, London.
Berg, C. W. (2011). [Review of Roman warfare by A. Goldsworthy]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2011). [Review of The grand strategy of the Byzantine empire by E. Luttwak]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2011). [Review of Warriors of the steppe: A military history of central Asia, 500B.C. to A.D. 1700, by E. Hildinger]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2011). [Review of Soldiers and ghosts: A history of battle in classical antiquity, by J.E. Lendon]. De Re Militari.
Berg, C. W. (2011). Greer Garson. The New Handbook of Texas Online: A Digital Gateway to Texas History.
Berg, C., Shaw, M., Burrus, S. (2018). Factors Influencing Student Satisfaction: A Typological Analysis. Distance Learning Administration Annual Conference.