Stanley Chang

(781) 283-3155
B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

Stanley S. Chang
Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Mathematics

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

I am engaged in the study of the curvature and rigidity of high-dimensional manifolds, using such tools that appear in algebraic topology, differential geometry, index theory and C*-algebras. The study of such properties has been of classical interest, but recent develops have reanimated the subject in both the compact and noncompact contexts. Currently I am co-authoring an advanced textbook on surgery methods and applications which will describe the many topological theorems proved in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the past years I have taught a wide variety of courses at all levels of the mathematics curriculum, including calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, and Galois Theory. Most recently I developed an advanced Modern Number Theory course which I would like to repeat in the near future. Many of our advanced students request independent study courses, and I have overseen such efforts in functional analysis, representation theory and logic. In the coming academic year I will be guiding an independent study on elliptic curves and its relation to the modular group, Riemann surfaces and theta functions.

At Wellesley I have served both on the 2015 Commission and the Academic Planning Committee. In these campus bodies I am interested in helping the College maintain high academic standards for all of its students. Currently in the Minority Recruitment Hiring and Retention Committee I am devoting my time to consider creative ways to make our campus more diverse. In my own department I am very much involved in the effort to prepare our students for graduate studies.

I am an amateur fencer and have competed in some regional tournaments. Currently I hold a national E ranking. I play both piano and harpsichord and have performed in numerous ensembles on campus. My love of mathematics extends to a love of language, and I spend some of each day reading Classical works written in Greek and Latin. Also I am a member of Coro Allegro, a Boston-based choir that performs contemporary choral works three times a year.


Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct 20

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  This week we'll have a summer research programs panel.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, Oct 22

Our Applicable Math Lecture series kicks off for the year with Mike Remolona from Wolfram Research Inc giving a talk discussing Mathematica 10 and how to get the most out of  We'll have a reception (with food!) at 3:45 in SCI 362, then move to SCI 296 at 4:15 for the talk.

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second Putnam problem session meets today and runs from 12:30 to 1:20 in SCI 364.  This week we'll have homemade cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger molasses) to help fuel our problem solving neurons.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second department colloquium is given by Megan Heenehan (Wellesley '03) from Eastern Connecticut State University. We'll meet in SCI 362 for snacks and socializing at 3:45, then the talk will begin at 4:15 in SCI 396.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  

Monday, Oct 27

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

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