Ksenija Simić-Muller

Chair of Mathematics


Professor Ksenija Simic-Muller

Office Location: Morken Center for Learning & Technology - 253

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Coordinator of Peace Scholars Program


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004
  • M.S., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
  • Undergraduate, Theoretical Mathematics, University of Belgrade, 1997

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Logic
  • Mathematics Education
  • Math and Social Justice


  • Reflecting the World: A Guide to Incorporating Equity in Mathematics Teacher Education co-authored with Mathew D. Felton-Koestler and José María Menéndez ( Information Age Publishing, Inc. 2017) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • 61st Northwest Math Conference, What can data tell us about racial disparities in school discipline?, Tacoma, WA. (October 2022)
  • Twenty Sixth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Using the analysis of a large traffic stop dataset to facilitate conversations around systemic racism, Las Vegas, NV (attended virtually) (February 2022)
  • Workshop at Thirteenth Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, Warm-up routines for an anti-racist mathematics classroom, Virtual (October 2020)

Selected Articles

  • Simic-Muller, K. "Noticing and Wondering to Rehumanize Mathematics Classrooms." PRIMUS Vol. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2022.2073624, 2022:
  • Fairbairn L., Jackson, K., & Simic-Muller, K. "Making art in math class during the pandemic. Journal of Humanistic Mathematics." Journal of Humanistic Mathematics Vol. 11, 2021:
  • Simic-Muller, K. "There are different ways you can be good at math”: Quantitative literacy, mathematical modeling, and reading the world." PRIMUS Vol. 29, 2019: 259-280.
  • Simic-Muller, K. "Motherhood and teaching: Radical care." Journal of Humanistic Mathematics Vol. 8, 2019: 188-198.


  • 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to support "Building Capacity to Prepare STEM Majors to Become STEM Educators"
  • 2017 PLU Faculty Excellence Award in Mentoring
  • 2017 PLU David T. Alger Service Award


Ksenija Simić-Muller received her undergraduate degree in Theoretical Mathematics at the University of Belgrade in Serbia (former Yugoslavia), and her masters and doctoral degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her doctorate was in Pure and Applied Logic. She then had a teaching postdoctoral position at the University of Arizona, where she retrained as a mathematics educator while working for the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as. Her current research interests are in the areas of culturally relevant mathematics teaching, teaching mathematics for social justice, and equity in mathematics education in general, especially as they pertain to teacher education.