Mitchell Nathan
Professor of Learning Sciences


  • Cognition and brain development
  • Math
  • Professional development

Mitchell Nathan is currently a professor of learning sciences in the educational psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, director of the Center on Education and Work, and director of the Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellowship program in mathematical thinking, learning and instruction. He holds faculty appoints in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the psychology department, and the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER). He is also a member of the UW Cognitive Science Cluster and the Delta Program steering committee. He served as chair of the Learning Sciences program from 2004 to 2010. Nathan’s research is largely rooted in cognitive, embodied and social perspectives on learning and instruction in STEM fields. He examines the nature of learning, teaching and representations in both their internal (intra-personal) and external (inter-personal) forms as they serve meaning making, individual and group design, reasoning and problem solving.