Chris Unger

Teaching Professor


Chris Unger is a Teaching Professor in the Graduate Programs in Education including the Doctor of Education program. His primary interest is in the design, development, and proliferation of learner-centered and agency-focused schools and schooling, entrepreneurship as a means of creating new possibilities in education, the support of change agents and change agent work in our educational ecosystem, and the transformation needed in support of youth, our communities, and society.

Dr. Unger has more than 30 years of experience providing technical assistance and conducting research and evaluation in schools, districts, and state education departments in the U.S. and South America. Previously, he led a number of school, district, and state improvement efforts while at Brown University and directed several university, district, and school improvement and research initiatives while at Project Zero of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  His current work includes supporting our doctoral students to be change agents in education, networking for the creation and proliferation of learner-centered learning communities, and finding ways to create new possibilities for learning within and outside the current ecosystem of education.

Dr. Unger joined Northeastern in 2010, teaching a number of classes in the Doctor of Education program, and has graduated over 90 advisees since 2011.  His areas of expertise lie in the area of education entrepreneurship, experiential learning, school design, change agent activities, and networking.


EdD from Harvard University (1991)

Professional Experience

Northeastern University, Doctor of Education program, Graduate School of Education, 2010-present

Brown University, 2004-2010

Harvard University including Harvard Project Zero, 1984-2000