James Tanton is a Mathematician in Residence at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).


He believes that mathematics really is accessible to all and is committed to sharing the delight and the beauty of the subject at all levels. He taught at university level for ten years and worked as a full-time high school teacher for another ten.

James is the author of Solve This: Mathematical Activities for Students and Clubs, The Encyclopedia of MathematicsMathematics Galore!and twelve self-published texts. He is the 2005 recipient of the Beckenbach Book Prize, the 2006 recipient of the Kidder Faculty Prize at St. Mark’s School, and a 2010 recipient of a Raytheon Math Hero Award for excellence in school teaching. 

He also publishes research and expository articles at Thinking Mathematics! (www.jamestanton.com), and through his extracurricular research classes for students has helped high school students pursue research projects and also publish their results.

Ph.D., Princeton University