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Bruce Boghosian

Adjunct Professor
Computer Science
Professor, Department of Mathematics

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Bruce Boghosian

Adjunct Professor
Computer Science
Professor, Department of Mathematics

Phone 617.627.3054
211 Bromfield-Pearson Hall
503 Boston Ave, Medford, MA
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

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 & 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 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 B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT (1978), and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis (1987).

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
Professional Experience: 

Co-Director, Data Analytics Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University


Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, Tufts University


Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University


Department of Mathematics, Tufts University

  • 2003 - Present: Professor
  • 2006 - 2010: Chair
  • 2002 - 2003: Associate Professor
  • 2000 - 2002: Assistant Professor

President of American University of Armenia, an affiliate of the University of California


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

Research Interests: 

Current research emphasis is on mathematical models of economics in general, and agent-based models of wealth distributions in particular.  My 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.  Our 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"
2019: Selected as Fellow of Tufts Data-Intensive Studies Center
2018: Selected as Fellow of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
2014: Recipient of the "Order of the Republic of Armenia" from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia
2010: Selected as Distinguished Scholar of Tufts University
2008: Elected as Foreign Member of the 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: Recipient of Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching (UNITE) award, College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Tufts University
2000: Elected to Fellowship of the American Physical Society
Selected Professional Activities: 
2009–present: inter alia, Journal of Computation Science
2003–2005: Book Review Editor, Computing in Science and Engineering
2001–present: Editorial Board member, Computing in Science and Engineering
2001–present: Editorial Board member, Physica A
1997–present: Editorial Board member, International Journal of Modern Physics C – Physics and Computers
Professional Memberships: 
American Mathematical Society
American Physical Society (Fellow)
Mathematical Association of America
Sigma Xi
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics