Steven Greenstein

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Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Richardson Hall 210
973 655-4287
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B.S.:Georgia State University
M.S.:Texas State University, San Marcos
Ph.D.:The University of Texas, Austin
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I am interested in democratizing access to rich and authentic mathematical activity. I designed a dynamic geometry environment called Configure (at to elicit children's intuitive topological thinking and support its development. I refer to these newly identified forms of geometric reasoning as Qualitative Geometry. I've also been conducting an investigation of the sociocultural context and cultural knowledge of the US Virgin Islands to inform the design of a contextually-relevant, culturally-resonant STEM teacher preparation program. And I'm collaborating on an NSF-funded project to develop an enhanced degree program leading to a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics with K-6 teaching certification.


I think about mathematical things -- and how children think about mathematical things.

My primary research interest is children’s mathematical thinking. I’m also interested in the design of exploratory playgrounds for learning mathematics; contextually situated, culturally resonant pedagogy; and issues of education and social justice.


Office Hours


  • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Research Projects

Noyce @ Montclair: Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher

I'm collaborating with Erin Krupa, also in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Jennifer Robinson in the College of Education to develop a new "enhanced" degree program leading to a bachelor of arts in mathematics with a concentration in K-6 teaching. This program will feature transformative opportunities to learn mathematics through inquiry-oriented coursework and research experiences so that students will acquire the specialized mathematical knowledge that will prepare them to understand and navigate the challenges, complexities, and diversity of schools and classrooms.

Distributed Biography

I'm collaborating with faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to further develop "Distributed Biography," an online application that supports the creation, collection, compilation and display of written narratives by multiple individuals about an individual, event, location, or experience of mutual interest.