Bharath Sriraman

Bharath Sriraman


Office: Math 310
Email: sriramanb@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours:

Spring 2021: By appointment

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Professor of Mathematics, Dept of Mathematical Sciences


Spring 2021- M133; M429


Personal Summary

I am a Professor of Mathematics in the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences and serve on the Executive Advisory Board of the Dept. of Central and Southwest Asian Studies. I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses, and maintain interest in Indo-Iranian studies.

For more biographical details visit:
University of Montana 2008 President's Report


  • Ph.D in Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University, May 2002.
  • M.S in Math (emphasis in pure mathematics), Northern Illinois University, August 1999
  • B.S in Math (emphasis in pure mathematics), University of Alaska-Fairbanks, December 1995
  • Montana Educators License [Class 2, Endorsement: Mathematics] 2004-current
  • Illinois Type 09 (Grades 6-12) certification in mathematics: 2000-2004.
  • St.Michael's School, Bombay, India: 1976-1987

Research Interests

Creativity; Cognition; Interdisciplinarity (Math-Art-Science); International Mathematics Education; Philosophy; Encyclopaedism


1. Editor-in-Chief, Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (in development with Springer Major Reference Works); 2019-2024

The purpose of this unique Handbook is to unfold the transformation of the philosophy of mathematics from its origins in the history of mathematical practice. In order to do so, chapters will describe different mathematical practices in different time periods of history and contrast it with the development of philosophy. The contributions will include scholars from other disciplines who have contributed to the richness of perspectives that abound the study of philosophy today. The 14 sections of this Handbook aim to synthesize what is known, and what has unfolded but also offer directions in which the study of philosophy of mathematics as evident in increasingly diverse mathematical practices is headed. Different sections of the Handbook will offer insights into the origins, debates, methodologies and newer perspectives that characterize the discipline today. This Handbook is curated by an editorial advisory board and section editors consisting of leading scholars from the disciplines of mathematics, history and philosophy.

2. Editor-in-Chief, Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences (in development with Springer Major Reference Works); 2017- 2021

This state-of-the-art handbook consists of 7 parts and more than 100 chapters covering the fascinating interplay of mathematicsarts and sciences. The handbook covers Mathematics and Architecture; Mathematics, Science and Dynamical Systems; Mathematics, Art & Aesthetics; Mathematics, Humanites and Language Arts; Mathematics in Society; Mathematics, History and Philosophy; and New Directions. Science and Art are used as umbrella terms to encompass the physical, natural and geological sciences, as well as the visual and performing arts. Chapters that have gone live are found at Springerlink.

3. Editorial Board: Encylopedia of Mathematics Education, Springer; 2017-2020: The second edition is currently in press and updates the first print edition of this Encyclopedia which was published in June 2014

4. Advisory Board of Sammenheng gjennom Undersøkende Matematikkundervisning (Coherence through inquiry based mathematics teaching), a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2017-2020

5.. International Fulbright Specialist: 2013-2018

  • a. Inquiry-based teaching units in mathematics teacher education programs in Arctic Norway- Fulbright Specialist- University of Tromso, Norway [June 2017]
  • b. Foundations of Mathematics Education- Fulbright Specialist- Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia [June 2015]

Field of Study

I have a wide range of research interests: Creativity; Learning Sciences (Cognition in particular); Interdisciplinarity (Math-Art-Science); International Mathematics Education (Schools, Alternative education); Philosophy of Mathematics (Epistemology; Comparative Logics; Realism and Pluralism). ~~I am also an amateur philologist as well as dabble in Encyclopaedism.


Selected Publications

Selected Books   (in reverse chronology ~last 5 years)

  1. Sriraman, B. (Ed) (2023) (Ongoing) Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Mathematical Practice, 1900 pp. Springer Major Reference Works
  2. Sriraman,B. (Ed) (2021) (Ongoing). Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences, 2500pp. Springer Major Reference Works
  3. Sriraman,B. (2017). Humanizing Mathematics and its Philosophy, Birkhauser, Basel AMS Notices Review
  4. Beghetto, R., & Sriraman, B. (2017). Creative Contradictions in Education: Cross Disciplinary Paradoxes and Perspectives. Springer Switzerland.

For a full list of books visit my Amazon page

Selected Journal Articles, Handbook Chapters & Book Chapters (since 2017)

  1. Sriraman, B., & Dickman, B. (2017). Mathematical pathologies as pathways into creativity. ZDM Mathematics Education
  2. Sriraman, B. (2017). Organic creativity and the Faustian Bargain: Reconciling Opposites. Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education
  3. Sriraman,B. (2017). Dimensions of mathematical thinking and learning in ACCEL. Roeper Review, vol.39, no.3, 206-209.
  4. Sriraman B., Lande D. (2018) “Integrating” Creativity and Technology Through Interpolation. In: Freiman V., Tassell J. (eds) Creativity and Technology in Mathematics Education. Mathematics Education in the Digital Era, vol 10. Springer, Cham
  5. Sriraman,B., & Haavold, P. (2018). Reconciling the realist/anti realist dichotomy in the philosophy of mathematics. In S.Wuppuluri and F. Doria (Eds).  Map and Territory, exploring the foundations of science, thought and reality (pp.377-388). The Frontiers Collection. Springer
  6. Schmidt M., Sriraman B. (2019). Nyaya Methodology and Western Mathematical Logic: Origins and Implications. In: Sriraman B. (eds) Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences. Springer, Cham
  7. Sriraman,B. (2019). Uncertainty as a catalyst for mathematical creativity (Plenary paper). Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG 11),pp.32-51 Universitaet Hamburg, Germany. WTM Verlag Muenster.
  8. Appova A., Sriraman B. (2020) Mathematical Cognition: In the Elementary Years [6–12]. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  9. Manouchehri A., Sriraman B. (2020) Mathematical Cognition: In Secondary Years [13–18] Part 1. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  10. Manouchehri A., Sriraman B. (2020) Mathematical Cognition: In Secondary Years [13–18] Part 2. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  11. Chernoff E.J., Sriraman B. (2020) Heuristics and Biases. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  12. Sriraman B., Chernoff E.J. (2020) Probabilistic and Statistical Thinking. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  13. Haavold P., Sriraman B., Lee KH. (2020) Creativity in Mathematics Education. In: Lerman S. (eds) Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education. Springer, Cham
  14. Mycroft, K., Sriraman B (2021). Mathematics in the Maritime. In: Sriraman B. (eds) Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences. Springer, Cham


  1. For a full list please visit my Google Scholar page 
  2. Preprints of papers are found here
  3. A full list of papers on Springerlink


Specialized Skills





Fluency in English, German, Hindi (written and spoken)

Fluency in Kannada, Tamil & Urdu (spoken)

Proficiency in French and Persian (Farsi)  (written and spoken)

Basic Proficiency in Danish (written and spoken)



Dissertation Co- Supervisor, Narges Yaftian, Iran University of Science and Technology, June 2010- May 2013.

Title of Dissertation: Examining experiences with creative activities with novice learners of mathematics to identify a mathematical model of influential factors

Dissertation Co-Supervisor, Haavold Per Oystein, University of Tromso, Norway, Spring 2010-December 2013

Title of Dissertation: What are the characteristics of mathematical creativity: An empirical and theoretical investigation.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada- Evaluator for grants on innovation and talent development


North Carolina State University, for Full Professor

University of Iceland, for Associate Professor

University of Massachusetts- Amherst for Associate Professor

Memorial University, New Foundland, Canada, for Associate Professor

University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, for Full Professor

University of Texas, Austin, for tenure and promotion

University of Iceland, for promotion to Associate Professor


  • Mentored Ke Wu [Associate Professor, Dept of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Montana], 2008-2013.
  • Mentored Jacob Baynham [B.S in Journalism, 2006] 2002-06
  • Mentored Ben Harris, master’s student in economics, 2006-2007 [Admitted to PhD program in Economics at Simon Fraser University]
  • Mentored Rafael Villareal, undergraduate honors student
  • Mentored Amy Minto, graduate student at large, 2007-08 [Admitted to PhD program in Business at University of Oregon]
  • Outreach activities organized in Local Middle schools as part of Honors Calculus Service Component
  • Math Enrichment, Cold Springs Elementary School, Missoula, 2012-2013

Teaching Experience

High School Teacher, 2000-2002, Ottawa Township High School, Illinois
Middle School Student Teacher, 1999-2000, Huntley Middle School, DeKalb, Illinois
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1996-2000, Northern Illinois University

Professional Experience

In academia since 2002...
Merchant Marine, 1989-1992

International Experience

UniVisiting Professorships

  1. University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Jan 2005
  2. Queensland University of Technology, Australia, July 2005
  3. University of Hamburg, December/January  2006
  4. University of Southern Denmark, January 2006
  5. University of Cyprus, February 2006
  6. University of Moncton, New Brunswick, April 2006
  7. University of Athens and University of Cyprus; August 2006
  8. Iceland Univ. of Education, October 2006
  9. University of Hamburg, January 2007
  10. University of Iceland, March 2007
  11. University of Cyprus, April 2007
  12. University of Iceland Feb 2008 [one week, data collection in Northern  Iceland]
  13. Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey, June 2007
  14. Queensland University of Technology, Australia, April 2008 [one week]
  15. University of Cyprus, May 2008
  16. Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey, July 2008
  17. Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey May/June 2009
  18. Iran University of Science and Technology August 2009
  19. University of Duisburg-Essen, September 2009
  20. University of Agder, Norway October 2009
  21. University of Tromso, Norway January-February  2010
  22. Linkoeping University, Sweden [March 2010; as Dissertation opponent]
  23. Umea University, Sweden, [one week- March 2010]
  24. University of Aarhus, Denmark March 2010
  25. University of Agder, Norway May 2010
  26. University of Stavanger, Norway May 2010
  27. University of Agder, October 2010
  28. University of Oslo, October 2010
  29. Seoul National University, November 2010
  30. University of Saskatchewan, January 2011
  31. University of Iceland, May 2011
  32. University of Tromso, Norway November 2011
  33. Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Corrientes, Argentina, April 2012
  34. University Sainsi- Penang, Malaysia, December 2012
  35. University of Iceland, March 2013
  36. Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon- Turkey, June 2013
  37. Ahi Evran Üniversitesi, Kirshehir- Turkey, June-July 2013
  38. University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Sept. 2013
  39. University of Tromso, Norway, December 2013
  40. University of Iceland, March 2014
  41. University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, June 2014
  42. University of Iceland, November 2014 (1 week)
  43. University of Iceland, May 2015 (1 week)
  44. Universidad Antonio Narino, Colombia (February 2015; June 2015 as Fulbright Specialist)
  45. University of Haifa, Israel (June/July 2015)
  46. University of Iceland (March 2016) (1 week)
  47. University of Saskatchewan (June 2016) John Ranton McIntosh Visiting Scholar
  48. University Sains Malaysia (January 2017)
  49. University of Iceland (February 2017)
  50. University of Tromso, Norway (June 2017 as Fulbright Specialist)
  51. Stockholm University, Sweden (November 2017; as Dissertation Opponent)
  52. Seoul National University, South Korea (January 2018, 1 week).
  53. University of Tromso, Norway (June 2018)
  54. University of Tromso, Norway (August 2018)
  55. University of Tromso, Norway (November 2018)
  56. University of Saskatchewan (Jan30-Feb2, 2019) John Ranton McIntosh Visiting Scholar
  57. University of Tromso, Norway (June 2019)
  58. University of Tromso, Norway (September 2019)
  59. University of Tromso, Norway (February 2020)
  60. -Postponed due to Covid19-
  61. Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN), Serbia (May 2020)
  62. Karlstad University, Sweden (June 2020)
  63. University of Tromso, Norway (June 2020)
  64. Vanderbilt University (one week, Sept 2020)


  1. Co-organizer of 1st International Symposium of Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences (MACAS1), held at the University of Education, Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, May 2005.
  2. Co-Organizer of Research Forum (with Lyn English): Theories of Mathematics Education at the 29th Annual meeting of the International Group of Psychology of Mathematics Education. Melbourne, Australia, July 10-15, 2005.
  3. Co-organizer of the Working Group on Modeling and Applications at the 5th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME5), Larnaca, Cyprus Feb 21-27, 2007.
  4. Co-organizer of the 2nd International Symposium of Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences, held at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, [May 2007]
  5. Organizer of Symposium “Mathematics/science pedagogy and its connections to science/math and the arts” 9th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) 2007,  University of Calgary, June 2007.
  6. Co-organizer of Working Group on Data modeling at 13th International Community on Teaching Modeling & Applications (ICTMA 13).Bloomington, Indiana, July 22-26, 2007.
  7. 2007 Oberwolfach Symposium on Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers:  Research and Practice from an International Perspective November11-17, 2007, Oberwolfach, Germany 
  8. Co-organizer of 3rd International Symposium of Mathematics and its Connections to the Arts and Sciences, to be  held at the University of Moncton, NB, Canada [May 2009]   Symposium funded through SSHRC- Canada Grant [co-applicant with Viktor Freiman ]
  9. Co-organizer (with Kyeong-Hwa, Lee) Special Sessions on Creativity and Talent development in Mathematics. Joint Korea and American Mathematical Society meeting, Seoul Korea, Dec 16-20, 2009.
  10. Co-organizer ((with K. Hoechsmann, PIMS; S. Friessen,, U- Calgary; G. Toerner, Univ of Duisburg Essen, Germany) of joint PIMS/DMV meeting at Banff International Research Center (Canada) Workshop on Teachers as Stakeholders in Mathematics Education Research (MER) December 2010
  11. Co-organizer of Working Group on Exploring creativity: From the mathematics classroom to the mathematicians’ mind, 37th Annual Meeting of Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group, Brock University May 24-28, 2013.
  12. Co-organizer (with A. Fyhn) Creativity and giftedness in mathematics education Symposium, University of Tromso, Norway: December 18-19, 2013
  13. Co-organizer (with A. Fyhn) Sami Mathematics in Kautokeino Secondary Schools Symposium, University of Tromso, Norway: March 17-19,2014


I hold an appointment as Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In addition I edit a number of journals and different book series with Springer Nature and Brill.

Founding Editor, The Mathematics Enthusiast [is independent, open-access and assigns copyright to authors]

Series Founding Co-editor: Advances in Mathematics Education, Springer Science, Berlin/Heidelberg

Series Founding Co-editor: Creativity Theory and Action in Education. Springer Switzerland

Founding Editor, Advances in Creativity and Giftedness, Brill Publishers (The Netherlands)

Founding Editor: Advances in Innovation Education, Brill Publishers (The Netherlands)