Journal of Humanistic Mathematics

Welcome to the CCMS front page of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, an online-only, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. You can find the actual Journal at

Please feel free to look through the archives of our precursor, The Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal, at

Journal of Humanistic Mathematics builds on the tradition of HMNJ; however as one might expect, there are many major and minor differences between the two. In particular, for our purposes humanistic mathematics is a coin phrase for “the human face of mathematics”. Thus our emphasis is on the aesthetic, cultural, historical, literary, pedagogical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological aspects as we look at mathematics as a human endeavor. More broadly, we aim to provide a platform for both academic and informal discussions about matters mathematical. We publish articles that focus mainly on the doing of mathematics, the teaching of mathematics, and the living of mathematics. However we also welcome contributions about the state of the mathematical profession (both in research and in education), underrepresentation issues within the world of mathematics, mathematics across national and cultural boundaries, mathematical fiction and poetry, personal reflections that provide insight to the inner workings of the mathematical mind, and other types of writing which may stimulate discussion among our readers. Overall we are aiming for a journal where many different kinds of conversations about mathematics are welcome.

More specifically we seek three types of contributions:

peer reviewed articles presenting research in education, philosophy, sociology, or history of mathematics, with the intent to reach a broader audience than that of a typical disciplinary journal.
reflective essays, opinion pieces, and more informal works, with the intent of sparking discussion about mathematics. These could overlap with the disciplines above, or focus on more contemporary issues facing the profession.
explorations of the interface between mathematics and the wider humanities. Poems, short stories, or other expressive outlets, along with works about the relationship between mathematics and the arts will fall in this category.
For more information or to discuss possible submissions, please contact one of the editors.

Mark Huber (Claremont McKenna College) Gizem Karaali (Pomona College)


January 2017: Our thirteenth issue is now available. Enjoy!

Upcoming: The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics will be sponsoring a poetry reading at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2012. The reading will be held on Friday January 6, 5-7 PM in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Organizers are JoAnne Growney, Mark Huber and Gizem Karaali. Although the reading is an open one, without pre-selected readers, we will be preparing a written program of poets panning to attend (with bios and titles of their poems), so please do contact the organizers ahead of time if you would like to be on this written program. In any case ALL MATHEMATICAL POETS AND THOSE INTERESTED IN MATHEMATICAL POETRY ARE INVITED!

July 2011: Our second issue is now available. Enjoy!

January 2011: Our first issue is now available. Enjoy!

January 2011: The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics sponsored a Contributed Paper Session on Humanistic Mathematics at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2011 held in New Orleans. Due to the large number of abstracts we received, we requested and were granted a second time slot. Hre are the links to the Saturday talks and to the Sunday talks. We also had a poetry reading on Saturday evening at 5pm which turned out to be a beautiful and intimate event. We hope and plan to continue this activity in future years.