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Meet Professor Swapna Mukhopadhyay
Meet Professor Swapna Mukhopadhyay

Swapna Mukhopadhyay, PhD, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University, is a mathematics educator focusing on issues of critical mathematics education and cultural diversity. Born and raised in Calcutta (Kolkata), Dr. Mukhopadhyay received her doctorate from Syracuse University, later taught at the University of Washington, and has been at Portland State University since 2002.

Her work starts from the observation that mathematics is culturally constructed, which is the central tenet of “ethnomathematics.” Ethnomathematics is defined as the study of the mathematics of social groups, including indigenous peoples, but also groups within modern urban societies, and occupational groups such as carpenters and engineers.

She promotes pedagogy that seeks to link school mathematics to the lived experience of children, their families, and their communities and to prepare students to become citizens who can use mathematics as a tool to critically examine issues of importance to themselves, to their communities, and to humankind. Her work is embodied in numerous publications, including two co-edited volumes, Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education (Routledge, 2009), and Alternative ways of Knowing (in) Mathematics (Sense Publishers, 2012).


Swapna Mukhopadhyay, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Room 696 BA
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-8495
Fax: 503-725-8475
Email: swapna@pdx.edu