A.M. in Mathematics, Washington University; M.M. in Jazz Performance (Trombone), New England Conservatory; B.A., Macalester College
Office hours: Thursday 12-3
Office: Library, Room 105-J
Phone: (617) 975-9074
For me, mathematics is the practice of taking common sense, logical thinking to its limits, which often yields surprisingly counterintuitive results. It requires equal parts art and craft, and I hope that I instill both in my students.
My interests range widely, from lofty abstracts to the essence of everyday interactions. They include:
- Mathematical logic
- Game theory, especially with regards to voting theory
- Abstract algebra and algebraic combinatorics
- Dynamical systems
In addition, I am interested in developing alternatives to the standard course progression in college-level mathematics.
- FYS 1101 - History of American Popular Music
- MATH 1101 - College Algebra
- MATH 1103 - Precalculus Mathematics
- MATH 1105 - Topics in Contemporary Mathematics
- MATH 1111 - Calculus I
- MATH 1112 - Calculus II
- MATH 1117 - Introduction to Statistics
- MATH 2104 - College Geometry
- MATH 2109 - Discrete Methods
- MATH 3107 - Abstract Algebra
- Advising Elizabeth Lang's Academic Distinction project on philosophy and mathematics.
- Advising Matt Kiezulas's Academic Distinction project on mathematical logic.
- Creating a text for Topics in Contemporary Mathematics.
- Teaching Abstract Algebra using an inquiry-based learning method.
- Creating and teaching the First-Year Seminar History of Popular American Music.
- Being a founding member of the Colleges of the Fenway Jazz Band.
- DJing on EC Radio.