Christopher Emdin

  • Robert Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum and Teaching
  • Professor of Education
  • Director of Youth Engagement and Community Partnerships, USC Race and Equity Center

Research Concentration

  • Teacher Education


PhD in Urban Education, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, (2007)

MS in Natural Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2003)

BS in Physical Anthropology/ Biology/ Chemistry, Lehman College (2000)


  • Urban Education • STEM Education • K-12 Education • Culture and Education • Hip-hop Education


Christopher Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and professor of education at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of youth engagement and community partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. He is also a scholar/Griot in residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

He previously served as associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and director of the Science Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Emdin is an alumni fellow at the Hip-hop Archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University and was STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.

He holds a PhD in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; master's degrees in both natural sciences and education and bachelor's degrees in physical anthropology, biology, and chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, Science Genius BATTLES and the CREATE Accelerator. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine and the Root 100 list of most influential African Americans.

He is the author of numerous award-winning works including the award-winning, 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. His latest book. Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Excellence and STEM, STEAM, Make, Dream are currently available wherever books are sold.