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), Chris 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. He is co-editor (along with Theodore Christou) of The Palgrave Handbook of History and Social Studies Education (2020), an edited volume exploring 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. Chris’s research has been published in scholarly journals such as Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Cultures, and History Education, 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.
Chris 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, Chris 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 an award-nominated dissertation examining the role of historical significance as an instructional model for improving historical literacy and student achievement.
Composition I, Composition II, Introduction to Political Science, Modern + Contemporary World History, Statistics: Assessing Learning + Teaching, Topics in History, Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II