Bressoud, president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America, is an
international authority in the area of analytic number theory. 

He is the co-author of A Course in Computational Number Theory, which is an introduction
to number theory that uses the computer for motivation and explanation. He is also the
author of Proofs and Confirmations: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture,
which combines his interests in combinatorics and the history of mathematics. Other books
include A Radical Approach to Real Analysis. 

He is widely recognized for his work in improving secondary and undergraduate mathematics
education. In fact, much of his work involves putting math into a historical context. He
is also interested in intellectual property rights and issues of science and religion. 

Bressoud is involved with Quantitative Methods for Public Policy or QM4PP, an
interdisciplinary program involving the sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Swarthmore College M.A., Ph.D., Temple University 

David Bressoud has been teaching at Macalester College since 1994. 

Journal Articles


Seven Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (with C. Rasmussen), Notices of the AMS (2015)


The Impact of Instructor Pedagogy on College Calculus Students’ Attitude Toward Mathematics (with G. Sonnert, P. Sadler, and S. Sadler), International Journal of Mathematics Education for Science and Technology (2014)


The calculus student: insights from the Mathematical Association of America national study (with Marilyn P. Carlson, Vilma Mesa, and Chris Rassmusen), International Journal of Education in Science in Technology (2013)


Monthly column for Launchings (online publication), Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (2012)

January: First, Do No Harm February: Trends in Race/Ethnicity and Gender Representation in the Mathematical...



Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (with T. Finney, F. Demana, B. Waits, and D. Kennedy) (2015)

Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004 (with W D. Barker, S Epp, S Ganter, W Haver, and H Pollatsek) (2004)

Contributions to Books

The Art of Counting, Expeditions in Mathematics (2011)

Combinatorial Analysis, NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions (2010)

Quantitative Methods for Public Policy, Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy (2006)

Parallel Developments in Philosophy and Mathematics in India (with Joy Laine), UMAP/ILAP Modules 2003-2004: Tools for Teaching (2003)

Book Reviews