Bruce Boghosian, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Mathematics with secondary appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Physics. He also co-directs the Data Analytics program in the School of Arts and Sciences. He was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society in 2000, named a Distinguished Scholar of Tufts University in 2010, a Fellow of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life in 2018, and a Fellow of Tufts' Data Intensive Studies Center in 2019. He served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Tufts University from 2006 to 2010, and as President of the American University of Armenia from 2010 to 2014.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Boghosian had professional experience in academia, industry, and a national laboratory, as described below. Prior to that, he received BS and MS degrees from MIT (1978), and a PhD from the University of California, Davis (1987).

Professional Experience:
Tufts University

  • 2019-present: Co-Director of Data Analytics Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2010-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2006-2010: Chair, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2003-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering
  • 2003-present: Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2002-2003: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2000-2002: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences

President, American University of Armenia

Visiting positions:

  • 2015-2017, 2019: Central Bank of Armenia
  • 2016, 2019: Université de Paris-Sud
  • 2008: École Normale Supérieure
  • 2007: Peking University
  • 2002-2006: University College London

Research Associate Professor, Center for Computational Science and Department of Physics, Boston University

Senior Scientist, Mathematical Sciences Research Group, Thinking Machines Corporation

Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


  • Ph.D., Applied Science and Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1987
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978
  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978


Applied dynamical systems, applied probability theory, kinetic theory, agent-based modeling, mathematical models of the economy, theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, complex systems science, quantum computation

Research Interests

Current research emphasis is on mathematical models of economics in general, and agent-based models of wealth distributions in particular. The group's work has shed new light on the tendency of wealth to concentrate, and has discovered new results for upward mobility, wealth autocorrelation, and the flux of agents and wealth. The group's mathematical description of the phenomenon of oligarchy has also shed new light on functional analysis in general and distribution theory in particular.

Secondary projects include new directions in lattice Boltzmann and lattice-gas models of fluid dynamics, kinetic theory, and quantum computation.

Selected Honors and Awards

2020: Article selected for "The Best Writing on Mathematics 2020," Princeton University Press
2019: Named Fellow, Data Intensive Studies Center, Tufts University
2018: Named Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
2014: Order of the Republic of Armenia, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia
2010: Named Distinguished Scholar, Tufts University
2008: Elected Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
2003: HPC Challenge Award for Most Innovative Data-Intensive Computation, Supercomputing 2003, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery
2002: Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching (UNITE) Award, Tufts University College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
2000: Elected Fellow, American Physical Society

Selected Professional Activities

2009–present: inter alia, Journal of Computation Science
2001–present: Editorial Board member, Physica A

Professional Memberships

American Physical Society (Fellow)
American Mathematical Society
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Association of America
Sigma Xi