Eric Brewe

Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education

Drexel University

Dr. Eric Brewe is an Associate Professor in Physics and Science Education at Drexel University. His research into the teaching and learning of physics at the university level includes developing curriculum for the Modeling Instruction course, leading inquiries into the role of Modeling Instruction in promoting student learning, participation, retention & persistence, enhanced attitudes toward science and equity. This research has led to describing the role of participation in learning using primarily quantitative measures including the use of Network Analyses, and recently Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In addition to research on postsecondary physics, Dr. Brewe has been involved in preparing future physics teachers through Modeling Workshops, and as co-editor of the PhysTEC sponsored book, Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices. Dr. Brewe helped to found the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on Physics Education Research (GPER) and served as the founding Chair of GPER. He recently co-edited the Focused Collection on Gender in Physics published by Physical Review – Physics Education Research and now serves on the editorial board for Physical Review – PER. Dr. Brewe was chosen as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2019.


  • Modeling Instruction
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Neural basis for physics learning


  • PhD in Physics Education Research, 2002

    Arizona State University

  • MS in Physics, 1998

    Arizona State University

  • BA in Physics, 1996

    DePauw University