Geoffrey Saxe
University of California, Berkeley

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Geoffrey B. Saxe is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). Since receiving his PhD in psychology from UCB in 1975, he has held postdoctoral and faculty positions at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1976-1977), the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1977-1981), and the University of California, Los Angeles (1981-1997). He has published widely in areas of culture and cognitive development. His research has been set in varied contexts, including classroom and home settings in the United States, remote areas in Papua New Guinea, and urban and rural Brazil. He has served on various standing committees and task forces and review panels for private and public foundations, including the MacArthur Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and the National Institutes of Mental Health. He is former editor-in-chief of the journal Human Development and has served on the editorial boards for various journals, including Cognition and Instruction, Cognitive Development, and the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. He was a 2003-2004 fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and is a former Fulbright Fellow at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. He serves on the advisory board of the Glen Lean Ethnomathematics Centre at the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea. His books and monographs include Social Processes in Early Number Development (with Steven R. Guberman and Maryl Gearhart), Culture and Cognitive Development: Studies in Mathematical Understanding, and Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Papua New Guinea Studies (with book awards from the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Cognitive Development Society.)

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