Faculty & Staff

  • Charles Bu

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Professor Bu's work focuses on boundary value problems for important evolution equations. 

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  • Melanie Chamberlin

    Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Chamberlin manages day-to-day departmental affairs, as well as coordinating department events like the colloquia, the Heard lecture, and the senior dinner.  

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  • Stanley S. Chang

    Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Research on positive scalar curvature and rigidity of manifolds, noncommutative geometry, tools of surgery theory; interested in issues on campus diversity and curricular rigor.

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  • Alexander J. Diesl

    Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Noncommutative ring theorist, sees mathematics as a central part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

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  • Oscar E. Fernandez

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., B.S., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Research is in geometric mechanics and specifically in Nonholonomic Mechanics. Presently researching Hamiltonian-like properties of some special types of nonholonomic systems.

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  • Philip Steven Hirschhorn

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Brooklyn College of City University of New York; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    An algebraic topologist who works on homotopy theory in model categories, localizations of model category structures, and homotopy limit and colimit functors.

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  • Megan Kerr

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Research in global Riemannian geometry, especially the interplay of curvature constraints in the context of large symmetry groups.

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  • Karen Lange

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Professor Lange's interests are in computability theory, an area of logic that explores the algorithmic content encoded in mathematical problems.

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  • Martin A. Magid

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Brown University; M.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Professor Magid has been working recently on timelike submanifolds in various ambient spaces.

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  • Andrew Schultz

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Davidson College; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Mathematician interested in studying absolute Galois groups of fields through their cohomological invariants.

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    Alan Shuchat

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Interested in various areas of theoretical and applied mathematics; research in discrete mathematics and operations research.

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  • Frederic W. Shultz

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Research involves operator algebras, and quantum information theory, both of which involve linear algebra and functional analysis.

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  • Steven Simon

    Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics

    B.A., Yale University; M.S., Ph.D., Courant Institute (New York University)

    Research in geometric combinatorics, algebraic topology, and especially the surprising ways the latter can be used to solve problems of the former.

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  • Jonathan Tannenhauser

    Lecturer in Mathematics

    A.B., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Background in theoretical particle physics, focusing on a conjectured equivalence between certain quantum field theories and certain string theories.

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  • Ann Trenk

    Professor and Chair of Mathematics

    A.B., Harvard University; M.S., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Research specialty in graph theory and partially ordered sets, teaches across the mathematics curriculum, outreach to K-12 teachers.

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  • Ismar Volić

    Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Boston University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

    Research in algebraic topology, specifically calculus of functors and its applications to embeddings, including knots and links.

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  • Helen P. Wang

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Professor Wang's research interest is analysis and she teaches in the areas of multivariable calculus and analysis

     

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Faculty Emeritus

  • Alexia Sontag

    Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus

    B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

    Professor Sontag taught Mathematics at Wellesley from 1975-2010.

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  • Howard Wilcox

    Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus

    AB Hamilton College, Ph.D. University of Rochester

    Retired from Wellesley in 2007 after 37 years of teaching mathematics.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept 15

The math department's student seminar kicks off for the semester.  Join us at 12:20 in room 362 for food and a mathematics talk by a fellow Wellesley math enthusiast.

Monday, Sept 22

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

Tuesday, Sept 23

Dan Rockmore from Dartmouth College will deliver our annual Martha Davenport Heard lecture. The talk starts at 4:15, and afterwards we'll go to the College Club for dinner

Wednesday, Sept 27

This year's Math Games will be held from 4-6 in room 362 of the science center.  No particular mathematics experience is needed; bring your friends and come join the fun!

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