Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Theodore Christou

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
613-533-6000 ext. 77273

BAH, MA (Toronto), PhD (Queen's)

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Social Studies, Graduate Faculty
Cross-Appointed to the Department of History

Website: www.curriculumhistory.org​

Dr. Christou is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor, with a cross-appointment to the Department of History in Queen's University's Faculty of Arts and Science. He began his professional teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Scarborough with the Toronto District School Board. Following a circuitous path, which included teaching at the Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Divisions (Continuing Education), Dr. Christou returned to the academy to pursue doctoral studies in history of education. Dr. Christou commenced his academic course on the tenure track in Fredericton at the University of New Brunswick in 2009. In July 2012, that course led to Kingston, Ontario, and to Queen’s University.

Dr. Christou's teaching in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s extends to several disciplines; in particular, he concentrates upon history of education, philosophy of education, social studies, and the theory and practice of history.

His research, which spans several fields - history, philosophy, curriculum, and teacher education - is tied together by two questions: a) What is an education for?, and b) How might we imagine an education individual? These questions are bound by historical, as well as contemporary, context and complexities.

Research Interests

  • History of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Religion, Faith, and Secularism in Education
  • Teaching History and Historical Thinking
  • Teacher Education
  • Poetry, Narrative, and Story
Recent Publications

Dr. Christou is the founding editor of Antistasis: An Open Education Journal, a publication, which is rooted in the vision of education as a public good. He continues to serve as an editor of the bi-annual journal, which is based out of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. With Christopher DeLuca, Dr. Christou serves as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Education and is past editor of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. Further, he serves as the Past President of the Canadian Association for Foundations in Education and a member of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Board of Directors.

Dr. Christou has seven recent book publications, which are representative of his diverse creative and scholarly interests. The first book, titled Progressive Education (University of Toronto Press, 2012) is historical non-fiction and winner of the Canadian History of Education Association’s Founders’ Prize for best book in history, 2012-2014. an overbearing i (Hidden Brook Press, 2013) is Theodore's first collection of poetry and his second, byzantine, pursues themes of historical narrative and authorship in a postcolonial context. Foundations of Education: A Canadian Perspective (Canadian Association for Teacher Education, 2013), a grade 7 history textbook, written along with Stan Hallman-Chong, Rachel Collishaw and Charlene Hendricks, concentrates on historical thinking, not sheer memorization of names and dates (Nelson, 2015). More recently, Dr. Christou has edited a collection titled The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education (Routledge, 2018). He has also authored a monograph titled Progressive Rhetoric and Curriculum: Contested Visions of Public Education in Interwar Ontario (Routledge, 2018) which builds on his previous research on curriculum reform in the Canadian context. 

Please consult Dr. Christou's professional website to view projects developed by teacher candidates in his social studies classes. The projects published on the website are peer reviewed. They include:

  • A History of Social Studies Education in New Brunswick (1900-2000)
  • A History of Science Education in New Brunswick (1900-1990)
  • A History of Byzantium
  • A Podcast, Worldviews in Education (also available for free download on iTunes; enter 'Philosophical Mindedness' in the search criteria on the iTunes store)
  • A call to take action in Social Studies featuring students active engagement with citizenship in their communities
  • Subjects in Ontario's Educational History
  • A Curriculum Compendium, exploring terms, contexts, and biographies relevant to curriculum history.