Senior Scientist

Marlene  Kliman

Program/Areas of Interest

  • Racial diversity in mathematics picture books
  • Infusing mathematics into everyday family experiences
  • Early childhood mathematics in informal settings


In over 25 years at TERC, Marlene has led national-scale research and development projects involving mathematics learning in public libraries, after-school programs, community-based child care settings, family homes, and other informal learning environments. Her projects have been funded by public and private agencies including National Science Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the IBM Work/Life Fund. She has directed development of and served as lead writer for mathematics resources recommended and/or adopted by National Science Digital Library, US Department of Education, the YMCA, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many state and local education, library, and after-school and child care agencies. At present, she is collaborating with Charlesbridge Publishing to develop fiction picture books that meld story, racial diversity, and math and are written by ownvoices authors.

At TERC, Marlene has served on a variety of committees including TERC IRB (Chair), Diversity Council, Salary Committee, and Advisory Board (as staff representative).


  • SM. Learning and Epistemology (MIT, Media Lab)
  • AB. Applied Mathematics (Harvard University)

Highlighted Publications

Kliman, M., Hoshiko Haughey, M., Hassan, D., & Martinez-Gudapakkam, A. (2021). If You Know the Answer, Don’t Ask the Question: Open-ended questions and math conversation. Hands On! Magazine. (Spring 2021).

Kliman, M., (2019). Storytelling Math: Picture books as a vehicle for expanding views of math and who can do it. Hands On! Magazine. (Fall 2019).

Kliman, M. (2016). Expert Commentary to “Daddy Says This New Math is Crazy”. FINE Newsletter, VIII (2). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.

Kliman, M., Jaumot-Pascual, N., Martin, V. (2013). Designing for Diversity: Strategies for embedding mathematics in out-of-school programs for children in the elementary grades. Teaching for Equity and Excellence in Mathematics (5).

Kliman, M., Jaumot-Pascual, N., Martin, V. (2013). How Wide Is a Squid Eye? Integrating mathematics into public library programs for the elementary grades. Afterschool Matters (17).