Christopher Bjork earned his B.A. in English and his M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. He completed his Ph.D. in educational anthropology at Stanford University. Certified to teach both elementary and secondary school, he has worked as a classroom teacher in Japan and the United States.
His research interests include international and comparative education, educational reform in Asia, educational decentralization, and teacher education. He is the author of the book Indonesian Education: Teachers, Schools, and Central Bureaucracy (Routledge, 2005), and the editor of Educational Decentralization: Asian Experiences and Conceptual Contributions (Springer, 2006) and the co-editor of Education and Training in Japan (Routledge, 1997) and Taking Teaching Seriously: What We Can Learn from Educators at Liberal Arts Institutions (Paradigm, 2007). His work has also appeared in journals such as Comparative Education Review, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Phi Delta Kappan, Comparative Education, and International Review of Education. His next book, Japanese Education in an Era of Globalization, is scheduled for publication by Teachers College Press in 2013.