Christopher Burke, Ph.D.

Professor of Education
Christopher Burke headshot
College of Education, Health, and Human Services
C19 Fairlane Center South | 19000 Hubbard Drive | Dearborn, MI 48126

Teaching Areas:

Education (Doctorate), Education Specialist, Elementary Certification, M.A in Community Based Education, M.S. in Science Education

Research Areas:

Community Based Education, Ecojustice Education, Multicultural Education, Place Based Education, Science Education, STEM Teaching and Learning, Urban Education

Biography and Education

Chris Burke PhD is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Education. Dr. Burke’s work focuses on Place-Based education as a framework for identifying the social, cultural and ecological assets in a community as tools to make learning more meaningful. His current work focuses on helping preservice teachers develop the ability to engage with diverse students by understanding their own and students’ funds of knowledge and identifying a community’s assets as a critical practice in teaching.


Ph.D.     Curriculum and Instruction: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign                                        2001.

              Dissertation: Negotiating Boundaries & Spaces: An Examination of the Process & Context at Douglas Elementary School

M.S.      Curriculum and Instruction: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign                                        1994.

              Thesis: 4-H Missions in Space: Changing Student Conceptions Through Experiential Learning

B.S.       News Editorial Journalism University of Illinois Urbana Champaign                                         1991.

Selected Publications

Stewart, K. & Burke, C. J. F. (2022) Change Day: How a High School Environmental Justice Class Inspired Student Agency and Prompted Civic Action. Race Ethnicity and Education.

Stewart, K. & Burke, C. J. F. (2021) Can We Call this Racism?” Flint Students Respond to the Water Crisis. Journal or Urban Research Teaching and Learning

Burke, C. J. F. & Lazarowicz, A. (2021) Building Picnic Tables, Building Connections with the Community. Science and Children.

Hill, K. D. & Burke C. J. F. (2020) Equity and Education in the United States.

 Lupinacci, J., Lowenstein, E., Burke, C., Lazarowicz, A. (2017) Teaching for Equity and Environmental Justice. Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly.