Anna Sfard conducts her research in the domain of learning sciences. Having reconceptualized human thinking as a form of communication and school-type learning as getting access to historically established specialized discourses, she studies the growth of mathematical thinking and hopes to contribute in this way to our understanding of human development at large. She is a Professor of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel. She served as the first Lappan-Philips-Fitzgerald Professor at Michigan State University, USA, and as a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. She is the recipient of 2007 Freudenthal Award and AERA Fellow.