Contact Information
Phone:  617-353-8482
Skype: cswhite74

Educational History

  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Colgate University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University


A former high school social studies teacher, Dr. White is the SED program coordinator for PK-12 History/Social Studies Education. He came to BU after nine years at George Mason University in Virginia (1985-1994). Dr. White’s publications span instructional technology and social studies education, ranging from a general text in educational computing to a K-12 curriculum framework for the award-winning Teaching With Historic Places project. The framework was developed for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service and has been the focus of teacher workshops that Dr. White has offered nationwide. He was also co-author of Houghton Mifflin’s Social Studies elementary textbook series (2008). Dr. White is past president of the Social Science Education Consortium, an organization of senior scholars dedicated to strengthening linkages between university historians/social scientists and educators. His central interest is in civic education and engagement, and he was appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to the state’s Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning as its civic education scholar. Dr. White directs “Projects in Civic Engagement,” programs designed to promote civic education in the United States and overseas ( He is the coordinator of the Civitas@Eurasia partnership at Boston University, a collaboration with Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, and Mongolia — an effort to revamp civics curriculum and teacher education to support the development of civil society and democratic institutions. He has also shared his expertise with civics teachers and education ministry officials in South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Indonesia.

Courses Taught

  • SED CH300  Methods of Instruction: Elementary 1-6
  • SED CH515  Curriculum Methods, 1-6
  • SED CH555  Student-Teaching Practicum: Elementary 1-6
  • SED ED225/SO520  Project Citizen: Promoting Civic Engagement
  • SED SO572  Curriculum and Special Methods for History and Social Science, 5-12
  • SED SO935  Advanced Doctoral Seminar in Civic Education and Engagement

Selected Publications

  • White, C.S. (2013). Sustainability in the Arenas of Power: An Exploration of Public Policy. In R.A. Diem and J.E. Davis (Eds.), Sustainability, Growth, and Globalization: A Social Science Perspective (pp. 35-47). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Bednarz, S. , Miyares, I., Schug, M., and White, C.S.  (2008).  World Cultures and Geography.  Evanston, IL : McDougal Littell.
  • Bernarz, S.W. , Cortes, C.E., Jennings, C., Schug, M.C., Viola, H.J. and White, C.S.  (2005).  Houghton Mifflin Social Studies.  Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin.
  • White, C.S.  (2002).  Civic Learning in Teacher Education: An Example of Collaboration by Russians and Americans.  In Patrick, J.J., Hamot, G.E., and Leming, R.S. (Eds). Civic Learning in Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Education for Democracy in the Preparation of Teachers, Volume 2  Bloomington, IN: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education.
  • White, C.S., (Ed.)  (2001).  Sea Changes in Social Science Education: Woods Hole 2000.  Boulder, CO: Social Science Education Consortium.
  • Braun, J. , Fernlund, P., & White, C.S.  (1998).  Technology Tools in the Social Studies Curriculum.  Wilsonville, OR: Franklin, Beedle & Associates.
  • White, C.S.  (1997).  The Moral Dimension of Civic Education in the Elementary School: Habit or Reason?.  Journal of Education, 179(2) , 35-46.
  • White, C.S. , Hunter, K.  (1995).  Curriculum Framework for Teaching with Historic Places.  Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Patrick, J.J., White, C.S. (1992). Social Studies Education, Secondary. In M.C. Alkin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th edition. New York: Macmillan.

Selected Presentations

  • Promoting the Civic Engagement of Youth (Egyptian Youth Leadership Delegation/U.S. State Department (Boston, MA)
  • Preservice Education: Engaging Future Teachers in the Civic Mission of Schools (Amman, Jordan)
  • Children and Civic Education: Why We Can’t Wait (Moakley U.S. Courthouse, Boston, MA)
  • Developing a Pre-Service University Education Program with the US/Samara University Partnership (Moscow, Russia)
  • Education for Advocacy in Schools and Colleges: Project Citizen (San Diego, CA)

Selected Grants

  • Civitas@Eurasia (1997-present).
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution (2007-2010).
  • We the People: Project Citizen (2007-2010).
  • Professional Development Content Institute. Teaching with Historic Places (1999-2001)
  • Technology in Social Studies Classrooms (summers 1994-1997)

Selected Awards/Honors/Special Recognition

  • Outstanding Teacher Medal, Orël Pedagogical University, Orël, Russian Federation
  • Federal Design Achievement Award (Teaching with Historic Places)

Selected Professional Service

  • Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (Board of Directors)
  • Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning (appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick)


Academic advisor for elementary education, secondary history/social studies (undergraduate and graduate), and history/social studies doctoral students

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.