Photo: K G ValenteKenneth G. Valente

Professor of Mathematics and LGBTQ Studies (Joint Appointment)
Director of the Division of University Studies
Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Chair in Liberal Arts Studies

B.S. in Mathematics, California State University, San Luis Obispo, 1979
in Mathematics, University of Oregon, 1985

Advisors: David K. Harrison and Marie A. Vitulli

Area of mathematical specialization: Algebraic structures

Current areas of academic interest

History of mathematics, science, and ideas, c.  1870 – 1930

Historical scholarship in LGBTQ studies

Courses recently developed and offered

MATH 102 | CORE 143 (Scientific Perspectives), Introduction to Statistics
MATH 113, Multivariable Calculus
MATH 250, Number Theory & Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 320, Abstract Algebra I
MATH 421, Abstract Algebra II

CORE 121 (Scientific Perspectives), Mathematical Innovation and Social Contexts

LGBT 220, Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An Exploration in LGBTQ Studies (Designated as an Area of Inquiry elective in Social Relations, Institutions & Agents)
LGBT 303, Queer Identities & Global Discourses (Designated as an elective for Core Global Engagements)

Teaching | Spring 2014

LGBT 303, Queer Identities & Global Discourses

Professional memberships

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)
History of Science Society (HSS)

Recent professional appointments

National Advisory Committee, Expanding the Circle Summer Institute, 2012 - present

Institute Faculty, Expanding the Circle Summer Institute, 24-27 June 2013, San Francisco CA

Institute Faculty, Expanding the Circle Summer Institute, 18-21 June 2012, San Francisco CA


Panelist, “It’s Elementary My Dear Watson: The Philosophy and Science of Artificial Intelligence,” Community Conversations, University of Oregon, 21 February 2012

Chair of First Year Seminars and Core Global Engagements, Colgate University, 2008 - 2012

Recent scholarship, publications and presentations

“Contesting and Disseminating the New Infinite in the Hibbert Journal, 1900-10,” presented at the 24th International Congress of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Manchester, England, July 2013.

Molly Merryman and K. G. Valente. “Queering the Academy: A Case Approach to LGBTQ Studies.” Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Enviroment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies. Ed. John C. Hawley. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. Forthcoming.

“Alan Turning: Reflecting on the Life, Work, and Popular Representations of a Queer Mathematician.” Mathematics in Popular Culture: Appearances in Film, Fiction, Games, Television and Other Media.  Ed. Jessica and Elizabeth Sklar.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.


Entries on “Mathematics as Religion,” “Religious Mathematicians,” and “Religious Writings” for the Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society.  Ed. Sarah Greenwald and Jill Thomley.  Pasadena, CA: Salem, 2011.


“Mary Everest Boole: The Laws of Thought and Women’s Spheres of Influence,” a paper read at the Celebrating Women's Writing conference, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, June 2010.


“Giving Wings to Logic: Mary Everest Boole's Propagation and Fulfilment of a Legacy.”  British Journal for the History of Science 43.1 (2010): 49-74.

A portion of this research was presented at Connecting Disciplines: The Sixth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and HSS, July 2008, Keble College, Oxford.

“Triangulating the Contributions of George Salmon to Victorian Disputes on Mathematics, Evolution, and Liberal Theology.”  Nineteenth Century Contexts 31.3 (2009): 251-69.

A portion of this research was presented in January 2004 as part of Colgate University's Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics Colloquium Series.  Portions were also included in the program of the annual conference of the BSHS, June 2004, Liverpool.

“’Who Will Explain the Explanation?’: The Ambivalent Reception of Higher Dimensional Space in the British Spiritualist Press, 1875-1900.”  Victorian Periodicals Review 41.2 (2008): 124-49.

A portion of this research was presented at the annual conference of the HSS, November 2006, Vancouver B.C.  An earlier version of this research was presented at the annual conference of the BSHS, July, 2006, Canterbury.

“’A Finite Universe?’: Riemannian Geometry and the Modernist Theology of Ernest William Barnes.”  British Journal for the History of Science 38.2 (2005): 197-217.

A portion of this research was presented at the annual conference of the BSHS, July 2003, York.

“Transgression and Transcendence: Flatland as a Response to ‘A New Philosophy’.” Nineteenth Century Contexts 26.1 (2004): 61-77.

Works in progress

The Fourth Dimension in Theosophical and Esoteric Discourses, 1870-1920. Manuscript.


Communicating and Contesting the New Infinite in Religious Contexts, 1870-1920. Manuscript.


Public and lay engagements with mathematical innovations c. 1870-1930.




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