Meet Our Faculty

Mathematics Department faculty have a range of backgrounds and interests, with a particular emphasis on the application of mathematics to biology.

Benjamin Allen

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Boston University; M.A., Bryn Mawr College; B.A., Haverford College


Yulia Dementieva

Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Emory University; M.S. in Mathematics/Statistics, St. Petersburg State University, Russia


David Earls

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire; M.S.,Tufts University; B.A.,Brandeis University


Alicia Gram

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
Ed.D, Math Education & Curriculum Development, in progress, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; S.M., Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health; M.A.T., Mathematics Teaching, Simmons College; B.S., Applied Mathematics & Statistics, SUNY Stony Brook


Heather Pierce

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
M.S., Tufts University; B.S., Baylor University


Christine Sample

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University; B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science, Boston College


Brendan Sullivan

Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
D.A., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013; M.S., Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010; B.A., Mathematics & Physics, Hamilton College, 2007


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