204 Paige Hall, Tufts University, Medford MA 02155  david.hammer@tufts.edu;  617-627-2396. 

I’m a professor at Tufts University, in Education and Physics & Astronomy, and co-director of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.  As of Fall, 2012, I am serving as the Chair of Education.

I study the learning and teaching of science, mainly physics, and recently engineering, across ages from young children through adults. Much of my focus has been on intuitive "epistemologies," how instructors interpret and respond to student thinking, and resource-based models of knowledge and reasoning.  

This is a list of my publications, with links to some files.  If you’re interested and not sure where to start, one good place would be “Case Studies of Children’s Inquiries,” from the Proceedings of the Enrico Fermi Summer School, Course CLVI.  Another is Student Resources for Learning Introductory Physics.

David Hammer


  1. The site Responsive Teaching in Science is up and ready at San Diego State University.

  2. I wrote some thoughts about the NCTQ study and how it compares to the Flexner Report.

I’m running again in the Race for Hope, in memory of my old friend Mats Gustafsson. The event raises money for research on brain tumors.