Zelbo, Sian E. (sez2105)

Sian Elizabeth Zelbo

Lecturer and Director of student teaching in secondary mathematics

Office Hours:

Office hours in Thompson 323e, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:00.  Also by appointment (in person or zoom).

Faculty Expertise:

Educational Background

Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2020)

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1995)

Louisiana State University, B.A. (1991)

Selected Publications

Zelbo, Sian (2024). The Role of the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Formation of America's Engineering Profession (1802 to 1850). Histoire & Mesure 38(2), 217-240. Link.

Zelbo, Sian (2023). A Re-examination of the Nineteenth Century French Influence on American Mathematics Education through Textbook Author Charles Davies. In: A. Karp, F. Furinghetti, G. Schubring, J. Zender, J. Prytz, K. Bjarnadóttir, and Y. Weiss (eds.), Dig Where You Stand 7: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education, 331-345. Münster: WTM. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2022). Building an American Mathematical Community from the Ground Up: Artemas Martin and The Mathematical Visitor. In: A. Karp (ed), Advances In The History Of Mathematics Education, 217-238. Springer, Cham. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2022). Edgar J. Edmunds: A Historical Case Study of Race in Mathematics Education. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 53(5), 350-364. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2021). COVID and the Importance of Casual Interactions in Mathematics Classrooms. Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 12(1), 53. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2020). Edgar J. Edmunds (1851-1887): A Cross-Cultural Case Study of an African American Mathematics Teacher who Studied at the École Polytechnique. In: É. Barbin, K. Bjarnadóttir, F. Furinghetti, A. Karp, G. Moussard, J. Prytz, and G. Schubring (eds.), Dig Where You Stand 6: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education,  193-204. Münster: WTM. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2019). Edgar Joseph Edmunds (1851 - 1887), Mathematics Teacher at the Center of New Orleans’ Post-Civil War Fight Over School Integration. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2019). E. J. Edmunds, School Integration, and White Supremacist Backlash in Reconstruction New Orleans. History of Education Quarterly, 59(3), 379-406. Link.

Zelbo, S. (2019). The Recreational Mathematics Activities of Ordinary Nineteenth Century Americans: A Case Study of Two Mathematics Puzzle Columns and Their Contributors. British Journal for the History of Mathematics, 34(3) 155-178. Link.

Saul, Mark and Sian Zelbo. 2014. Camp Logic. Chapel Hill, NC: Natural Math. Link.

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