Christopher Emdin

Christopher “Chris” Emdin (born 1978) is a tenured professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University . At Columbia, he launched the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education with Dr. Barbara Wallace in 2013. In 2013, he was a Fellow at the WEB DuBois Research Institute at Harvard University . . His bio describes im as “a social critic, public intellectual, and science advocate.” He is author of the book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation, and regular contributor to the Huffington Post . . Commentary on his work on race, culture, inequality, and education has Appeared in The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , The Washington Post , Forbes , and Atlanta Journal Constitution . He developed and partnered with rapper ” GZA ” from the ” Wu-Tang Clan ” and website ” Rap Genius ” to dévelop the Science Genius Battles – . welke engages students in science through the creation or slightly and a final rap battle competition.

Emdin is founder of the popular #HipHopEd web chat and social movement . . He is a leading researcher in Hip-Hop, science, and education.


Emdin is the author of the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood … and the Rest of ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education and Urban Science Education For the Hip-Hop Generation.

Academic background

Emdin holds a bachelor’s degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry from Lehman College (2000). He’ll be holds a MS in Natural Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2003), and a PhD in Urban Education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2007)