Christopher Emdin

“Education should not be a way out of your neighborhood.
It should be a tool for improving it . “

  • Name: Christopher Emdin
  • Born: 1978 Takoma Park, MD
  • From: Takoma Park, MD
  • Education:
    • B.S. in Physical Anthropology/ Biology/ Chemistry, Lehman College (2000)
    • M.S. in Natural Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2003)
    • Ph.D in Urban Education, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, (2007)
  • Occupation: Professor/ Author  
  • Known For: Urban science education , Race, classs and diversity in education, Hip-Hop Education
  • Awards: 2008 PDK International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; He also serves as the Director of the Science Education Program and Associate  Director of the Institute  for Urban and Minority Education. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools.He is the author of the award winning book, “Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation” and the New York Times bestseller “For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too.”