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Eric Hamilton Faculty Profile

Eric Hamilton

Jan and Robert Davidson Endowed Professor of Education and Technology
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Eric Hamilton is a learning scientist and technologist who directs the Asset-Based Learning Environments project, a multiyear research effort funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). His current NSF effort involves learners from six countries collaborating in digital makerspace activities and the study of identity formation in that process. He has directed numerous research projects funded by NSF, the Department of Education, the US State Department, and the Microsoft Research Foundation since coming to GSEP. He currently is heavily involved in the growing international research community applying principles of quantitative ethnography, and he carries out research efforts separate from NSF projects focusing on depolarizing political discourse. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Hamilton was on leave serving in Geneva Switzerland as Sr. Manager for Critical and Emerging Issues in Curriculum and Related Areas for UNESCO's International Bureau of Education. Immediately prior to that, he completed a three-year Fulbright Research Fellowship in Namibia. Hamilton has also served as a visiting professor at Hiroshima University in Japan, Tampere University of Technology in Finland, Edge Hill University in the UK, and the University of Namibia. 

Prior to joining GSEP in 2008, he served as director of the United States Air Force Academy Center for research on learning and teaching. He has held program officer and division director assignments at the National Science Foundation. While in those roles he supervised with signature program authority approximately $500 million in National Science Foundation investments in science and mathematics education and education research. Early in his career, he was a mathematics and computer science faculty member at Loyola University Chicago where he developed integrated mathematics and computer science curricula. At this time, he also developed and patented network software technology to promote classroom collaboration. While in Chicago, he organized and led an award-winning consortium dedicated to increasing participation of underrepresented populations in the STEM workforce. He began his career as a mathematics teacher for grades 6-12.



  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • MAT, University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Chicago

Selected Works

Publications, grants, and other activities are summarized at http://bit.ly/EricHamiltonBioVita