Ksenija Simic-Muller

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Ksenija Simic-Muller
Morken Center for Learning & Technology - Room 257
M & W:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
By Appointment
  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Director of Peace Scholars Committee


  • 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

  • MAA Joint Mathematics Meeting, Mathlete Coaching Project at Pacific Lutheran University (January 2018)
  • Tenth Annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, Math lesson sharing, Seattle, WA (October 2017)
  • Mathematical Association of America Pacific Northwest Division Meeting, Social justice, place-based learning, and mathematical modeling: An approach to teaching quantitative literacy., Spokane, WA (June 2017)
  • Mathematical Association of America Pacific Northwest Division Meeting, Teaching math for social justice: The promise and practice., Spokane, WA (June 2017)

Selected Articles

  • Griffith, L. and Simic-Muller, K. "World Cup, Fairness, and Teaching Mathematics." Noticias de Todos’ Mathematics for All Vol. 13, 2018: 2-4.
  • Simic-Muller, Ksenija. "Finding the Common Denominator: Using Math to Read Injustice in the World." About Campus 2016:


  • 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 Simic-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.