As a product of New York City Public schools, Dr. Adjapong is committed to promoting equitable practices in STEM classrooms, especially in urban settings. Dr. Adjapong believes that every student has the ability to learn and does so differently. He also believes that engaging urban youth with media and utilizing youth culture–despite its unconventional method–is an effective means to educate. Dr. Adjapong is the co-founder and director of the Science Genius Program, a program that engages urban students in the sciences through Hip-Hop, and the director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. Dr. Adjapong is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project, where he writes and speaks about issues of race, diversity, social justice and education.
Dr. Adjapong enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color. His research interest includes STEM education, Hip-Hop education, issues of class, race, gender, privilege, diversity and youth programming.
- Ph.D, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.Phil, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Ed.M, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A, Teachers College, Columbia University
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Adjapong, E.S. (2019). Toward Emancipatory Urban Education: The Science Genius Program. The Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies. 6(1).
- Adjapong, E.S., Emdin, C & Levy, I. (2018). Virtual Professional Learning Network: Exploring an Educational Twitter Chat as Professional Development. Current Issues in Comparative Education. 20(2), 24-39.
- Levy, I., Emdin, C. & Adjapong, E.S. (2018) Hip-Hop Cypher in Group Work, Social Work with Groups, 41:1-2, 103-110, DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2016.1275265
- Adjapong, E.S. (2017). Bridging theory and practice in the urban science classroom: A framework for hip-hop pedagogy. Critical Education, 8(15), 5-23.
- Emdin, C., Adjapong, E. S & Levy, I (2016). Hip-hop Based Interventions as Pedagogy/Therapy in STEM: A Model from Urban Science Education. Journal of Multicultural Education, 10(3), 307 – 321.
- Adjapong, E. S. & Emdin, C, Levy, I. (2016). Empowering Girls of Color through Authentic Science Internships. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. (12), 24-34.
- Adjapong, E. S. & Emdin, C. (2015). Rethinking pedagogy in urban spaces: Implementing hip-hop pedagogy in an urban science classroom. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. (11), 6
- Elwess, N L., Kopp, M., Lavioe, E., Coons, J., Adjapong, E. S. & Latourelle, M. (2015). Analysis of Ancient Mitochondrial DNA within the Tipu Maya Collection. The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. 1(8), 1-7.
- Steinberg, S. R., Adjapong, E.S. & Kincheloe, J. L. (in press). The stigma of genius: Einstein, consciousness, and education (2nd ed). New York: Peter Lang.
- Adjapong, E.S. & Levy, I. (2020). #HipHopEd The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education: Vol 2. Hip-Hop as Education and Knowledge of Self. New York: Peter Lang.
- Emdin, C. & Adjapong, E.S. (2018). #HipHopEd The Compilation on Hip-Hop Education: Vol 1. Hip-Hop as Education, Philosophy and Practice. Netherlands: Sense | Brill Publishers.
- Adjapong, E.S. (2018). Hip-Hop pedagogy as a framework to support the development of science geniuses. J. Johnson & Barnes-Johnson (Eds.), STEM Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenges of Standards, Equity, Evaluation and Change. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
- Adjapong, E.S., (2018). Toward the Development of Science Geniuses. In Editors: C. Emdin, and E. Adjapong (Eds.), #HipHopEd The Compilation on Hip-hop Education: Vol 1. Hip-hop as Education, Philosophy and Practice. Netherlands: Brill Publishers.
- Adjapong, E.S. (2019, May) How Hip-Hop Keeps It Real. The Tes curriculum series, part one: the theory. Tes (UK Publication).
- 2018-2020: Faculty Fellow at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University
- 2018: 1st Place Dissertation of the Year Award – American Association for Blacks in Higher Education
- 2017: New Scholar Creativity and Pedagogy Award - The University of Calgary
- 2017: Diversity in Research Award - Teachers College, Columbia University
- 2017: Off to a Good Start Award - The State University of New York at Plattsburgh Alumni Association