Faculty Research Interests
Name 
Research Interests 
Research Areas 
Alan Adolphson 
B.A., Western Washington U.; Ph.D., Princeton, 1974. Dr. Adolphson works in number theory and arithmetical algebraic geometry. Particular interests include exponential sums, algebraic varieties over finite fields, cohomology theories, and the algebraic theory of differential equations. 
Number Theory, Arithmetical algebraic geometry 
Douglas B. Aichele 
B.A./M.A., University of Missouri/Columbia; Ed.D., University of Missouri/Columbia, 1969. Dr. Aichele is interested generally in issues and trends related to collegiate and school mathematics education. More specifically, curriculum and teacher preparation/professional development, mathematics and science connections, entrylevel mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, mathematical structures (geometric and quantitative) for prospective elementary teachers, school geometry curriculum and pedagogy. 
Mathematics Education 
Dale Alspach 
B.S., U. of Akron; Ph.D., Ohio State, 1976. Analysis, functional analysis, harmonic analysis. Dr. Alspach's particular interest is in the geometry of Banach spaces. This involves computations in a variety of function spaces and uses methods from advanced calculus, complex analysis, probability, and other areas. 
Geometry of Banach spaces 
Mahdi Asgari 
Ph.D., Purdue, 2000. Number Theory, Automorphic Forms, and Lfunctions. 
Automorphic Forms, Number Theory, Representation Theory 
Leticia Barchini 
Ph.D., 1987, U. Nac. de Cordoba, Argentina. Representation theory of semisimple Lie groups and analysis on homogeneous spaces. 
Lie Groups, Representation Theory 
Birne Binegar 
B.S./M.S., U.C.L.A.; Ph.D., U.C.L.A., 1982. Dr. Binegar is interested in the representation theory of reductive groups and its various manifestions in theoretical physics (via quantization), combinatorics (via KahzdanLusztig theory), algebraic geometry (via associated varities), noncommutative algebra (via universal enveloping algebras), and computational mathematics (via the Atlas for Lie Groups program). 
Representation Theory 
James Choike 
B.S., University of Detroit; M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1970. Dr. Choike's mathematical research interests are topics in complex analysis, especially the behavior of functions near singularities. His work in mathematics education is focused on issues of effective strategies for teaching students connected with how students learn mathematics, curriculum development in mathematics at grades 6 – 16, issues of instructional design for technologyenhanced distance learning systems, and the design and delivery of professional development materials to mathematics teachers of grades 6 – 12, including AP Calculus. 
Complex analysis 
John Cook 
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2012. Dr. Cook's research program centers on investigating how students think about and learn concepts in abstract algebra. Particularly, he is interested in developing models of student thinking about particular concepts in abstract algebra, and then designing instructional sequences that are compatible with and leverage these ways of thinking. His other research endeavors include the mathematical preparation of preservice teachers and the efficacy of the corequisite instruction model. 
Math Education 
Bruce Crauder 
B.A., Haverford College; M.A./Ph.D., Columbia, 1981. Algebraic geometry, mathematics education. 
Algebraic geometry, Mathematics education 
Allison Dorko 
B.S., Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Maine; B.S., Mathematics, Oregon State University; M.S., University of Maine; Ph.D., Oregon State University. Dr. Dorko is interested in undergraduate mathematics eduction, specifically student learning from homework and student learning of calculus. 
Undergraduate Mathematics Education 
Detelin Dosev 
M.S., Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"; Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2009. Dr. Dosev's research interests lie in the fields of functional analysis and operator theory. He has been working on the classification of the commutators on various Banach spaces as well s the structure of the commutator ideals. 
Functional Analysis, Operator Theory 
Benny Evans 
B.S., OSU; M.A./Ph.D., Michigan, 1971. Lowdimensional topology, mathematics education. 
Lowdimensional topology, Mathematics education 
Paul Fili 
A.B., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2010. Dr. Fili's research interests are in number theory and analysis, primarily focusing on topics relating to the distribution of algebraic numbers and points of small height in arithmetic dynamics. Dr. Fili's work uses techniques from potential theory in both the archimedean and nonarchimedean settings in order to prove number theoretic results about heights and dynamical systems.

Number Theory, Analysis 
Christopher Francisco 
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2004; B.S., University of Illinois (Urbana), 1999. Combinatorial commutative algebra and computational algebra. Dr. Francisco is particularly interested in problems involving monomial ideals and their algebraic and combinatorial interpretations. 
Commutative algebra 
AnneKatrin Gallagher 
M.S./Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2004. Habilitation, University of Vienna, 2014. Dr. Gallagher is interested in: How to use L^2methods in the construction of holomorphic functions, and how convexitylike conditions imposed on a domain influence the behavior of its holomorphic functions. 
Several Complex Variables 
Amit Ghosh 
B.Sc., Imperial College of London; Ph.D., Nottingham, 1981. Analytic number theory, Lfunctions. 
Analytic number theory, Lfunctions 
Neil Hoffman 
BA Williams College; Ph.D. Univeristy of Texas, 2011. Lowdimensional topology, knot theory, hyperbolic 3manifolds. Dr. Hoffman focuses on problems in lowdimensional topology relating to knot theory, triangulations, commensurability, and the algorithmic classification of 3manifolds. 
Low dimensional topology, knot theory, triangulations, hyperbolic geometry 
Weiwei Hu 
B.A., Chengdu University of Technology; M.E., Beijing Institute of Information and Control; M.S./Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2012. Dr. Hu's research focuses on the development of theoretical and computational approaches to optimal design and control of infinite dimensional systems governed by partial differential equations. My current research includes: Approximation and mathematical control theory of partial differential equations; Wellposedness and longtime behavior of mathematical fluid dynamics; Control and optimization of network dynamics; Computational methods for optimal control design and model reduction. 
Partial Differential Equations 
William Jaco 
B.A., Fairmont State College; M.A., Penn State; Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1968. Lowdimensional topology, Geometric and Combinatorial Group Theory. Dr. Jaco's primary interest is in the study, understanding, and classification of threemanifolds. The mathematical questions and techniques in lowdimensional topology are very similar to those in geometric and combinatorial group theory. Much of this work involves decision problems, algorithms, and computational complexity. Recent work has been the connection of combinatorial structures to the geometry and topology of threemanifolds. 
Lowdimensional Topology/Geometry 
Ning Ju 
Ph.D., Indiana, 1999. Applied mathematics. 
Applied Mathematics 
Anthony Kable 
B.Sc. (Hon), Australian National University, 1986; M.Sc., Oxford University, 1989; Ph.D., Oklahoma State, 1997. Representation Theory, Number Theory, and Invariant Theory. 
Representation Theory, Number Theory, Invariant Theory 
Marvin Keener 
B.Sc., Birminham Souther College; M.A./Ph.D., Missouri, 1970 
Ordinary Differential Equations 
JaEun Ku 
Ph.D., Cornell, 2004. 
Numerical Analysis 
Jiri Lebl 
B.A./M.A., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2007. Dr. Lebl is interested in Several Complex Variables, particularly CR geometry. 
Several Complex Variables, Analysis 
Weiping Li 
B.S., Dalian Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Michigan State, 1992. Dr. Li is interested in Floer homologies of instantons on 3manifolds and Lagrangian intersections; semiinfinite homology of infinite Lie algebras; mapping class groups and knot theory. 

Lisa Mantini 
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, A.M./Ph.D. Harvard University, 1983. Dr. Mantini's research interests include groups, their actions as symmetries (of a shape in space, of the state space for a vibrating molecule or for the solutions to Maxwell's equations), and the matrix representations of these actions. Lately she has become an origami enthusiast and is studying symmetric colorations of regular polyhedra and the corresponding representations of their symmetry groups. Dr. Mantini's interests in mathematics education include the teaching and learning of collegiate mathematics, from studying what professors actually do in the college math classroom, to how we assess student work, to how students learn to read and write proofs. Lately her work has focused on the role of collaborative learning in the teaching of calculus. 
Group theory and symmetry, Mathematics education 
Jeff Mermin  B.S., Duke University, 2000; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006. Dr. Mermin is particularly interested in questions involving monomial ideals and their algebraic and combinatorial properties.  Combinatorial commutative algebra 
Melissa Mills 
Dr. Mill's research interests are the teaching and learning of mathematical proof. Her dissertation research is an exploratory study investigating the teaching of proof courses at the undergraduate level, particularly the ways that instructors use examples when presenting proof, and how they interact with students in the classroom. 

Robert Myers 
B.A./M.A./Ph.D., Rice U., 1977. Dr. Myers' research area, geometric topology, is the study of spaces called manifolds. These are generalizations of the curves and surfaces encountered in calculus. The subject has close ties to group theory and geometry. One particularly rich source of examples and applications, which is also very accessible and easy to visualize, is knot theory. This is exactly what its name implies: the mathematical study of knotted curves in ordinary space. 

Alan Noell 
B.S., Texas A&M; M.A./Ph.D., Princeton, 1983. Dr. Noell is interested in complex analysis in one and several variables. His main area of work involves convexity properties of certain subsets of complex Euclidean space. 
Complex analysis 
Michael Oehrtman 
B.S., Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2002.


Igor Pristsker 
B.A., M.S. Donetsk State University, USSR, 1990, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1995. Complex Analysis, Approximation Theory, Potential Theory, Analytic Number Theory and Numerical Analysis. 
Complex Analysis 
Ed Richmond 
B.A., Colgate University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2008.


Walter Rusin 
B.A., Warsaw School of Economics; B.Sc., Warsaw University; M.Sc./Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2010.


Jay Schweig 
B.S., George Mason University; M.S./Ph.D., Cornell University, 2008. Dr. Schweig's research mostly centers around using combinatorial methods to solve problems in algebra. This has included using classical graph and hypergraph invariants to study StanleyReisner ideals, and using algebraic invariants and concepts to better understand the structures of objects like matroids and shellable simplicial complexes.

Algebraic combinatorics, Commutative algebra 
Henry Segerman 
MMath., University of Oxford; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2007. In geometry and topology, Dr. Segerman is mainly interested in triangulations of threemanifolds: their uses in the geometry and invariants of threemanifolds, computation using triangulations, and the structure of the set of triangulations of a threemanifold under local moves. He is also interested in the visualization and applicaiton of mathematical concepts with new technologies, for example 3D printing and virtual/augmented reality. 
ThreeDimensional Geometry and Topology, Mathematical Visualization 
Michael Tallman 
B.S./M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2015. Dr. Tallman's primary research focus is in the area of mathematical knowledge for teaching secondary and postsecondary mathematics. His work informs the design of teacher preparation programs and professional development initiatives through an investigation of the factors that affect the nature and quality of the mathematical knowledge teachers leverage in the context of teaching. In particular, his research examines how various factors like curricula, emotional regulation, identity, and teachers' construction and appraisal of instructional constraints mediate the enactment of their mathematical and pedagogical knowledge.

Mathematical Education 
David Ullrich 
B.A./M.A./Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1981. Dr. Ullrich works with Fourier series, complex/harmonic analysis, and various connections with probability theory. For example: What happens if you choose the coefficients in a Fourier series at random? Or, what does Brownian motion have to do with analytic functions? 
Fourier series, Complex/harmonic analysis 
Yanqiu Wang 
Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2004. Numerical analysis. 
Numerical Analysis 
David Wright 
A.B., Cornell U., 1977; Part III, Cambridge U., 1978; A.M./Ph.D., Harvard, 1982. Dr. Wright's primary interest is the study of the properties of algebraic number fields, in particular, those properties (discriminants, classnumbers, regulators) that can be studied with tools from the theory of algebraic matrix groups. This theory dates back to the work of Gauss on the theory of equivalence of binary integral quadratic forms. He also studies the theory of Riemann surfaces and Kleinian groups, a subfield of complex analysis. Surprisingly, many concepts in algebraic number theory have very precise analogues in the theory of surfaces. He is particularly interested in the properties of limit sets of Kleinian groups and in the shape of Teichmuller space, which is a kind of parameter space for Riemann surfaces. See Indra's Pearls, (Mumford, Series, Wright). 
Number Theory, Kleinian Groups 
Jiahong Wu 
B.S., Peking University; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1996. Nonlinear partial differential equations from fluid mechanics, geophysics, astrophysics and meteorology. Numerical linear Algebra. Dr. Wu is interested in the analysis, computations and applications of these partial differential equations. One issue he has been working on is whether or not these partial differential equations are globally wellposed. 
Nonlinear partial differential equations, mathematical fluid mechanics, numerical computation and analysis 
Roger Zierau 
B.S., Trinity College; Ph.D., Berkeley, 1985. Dr. Zierau's areas of research include the representation theory of reductive Lie groups and the geometry of homogeneous spaces. 
Representation Theory 