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.

Melanie Chamberlin
Administrative Assistant
Ms. Chamberlin manages daytoday departmental affairs, as well as coordinating department events like the colloquia, the Heard lecture, and the senior dinner.

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.

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 wellrounded liberal arts education.

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 Hamiltonianlike properties of some special types of nonholonomic systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 K12 teachers.

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.

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
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 19752010.

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.