Emily Eames teaches chemistry through primary sources and pursuing specific applications chosen by students.

During her doctoral work on cooperativity between iron ions at Harvard, Emily discovered that she loved teaching. Since then, she has tutored at a charter school, been an assistant professor at Sogang University in Seoul, and taught community college in the Bay Area.

Wherever she teaches, Emily focuses on interpreting real data, thoughtful problem-solving, and using chemistry in varied contexts, from space travel to the Flint water crisis. 

As an undergrad at Yale, Emily studied the transport of iron and titanium in blood. She also did a minor’s worth of classes in the history of the English language, taught Argentine tango and learned to spin fire. During her graduate studies in synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry, she was a teaching assistant and member of the Graduate Consortium on Energy and the Environment. After completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry, Emily moved to Seoul, South Korea where she taught General Chemistry and a graduate-level course on Science Communication. Since moving back to the States, she taught for two years at two Bay Area community colleges, where she rewrote the Chem 1A lab manual for the College of Alameda. Emily is fascinated by research on how to learn and teach, including using technology to improve instruction. She wrote a reference website for her students in Korea when she switched to a “flipped” classroom, and is currently working on a web app to teach chemistry using spaced repetition and inspired by studies of perceptual learning.

Ph.D., Harvard University