Christopher is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education and a Fellow in Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professorship in Early Childhood Education. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor for the Early Childhood Education Program Area. He is also the Chair for the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
His research centers on early childhood education stakeholders across a range of political and educational contexts respond to policymakers’ high-stakes standards-based accountability reforms. His recent work focuses on understanding how practicing and pre-service early childhood educators in high-stakes public teaching contexts can engage in practices that support the cultural, individual, and developmental learning needs of children. He has looked at this issue across a range of political and educational contexts using multiple theoretical and practitioner-based perspectives that span the fields of early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, teacher education, and policy analysis.