Mathematics and University Studies (Joint Appointment)
Chair of First-Year Seminar, Global Engagements, and CORE Distinction
Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ)
Mathematics, California State University, San
Luis Obispo, 1979
Ph.D. 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
MATH 102 | CORE
Perspectives), Introduction to
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
LGBT 220, Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An
LGBT 303, Queer Identities & Global Discourses (Designated as Core
Teaching assignment in Spring 2012
for the History of
History of Science
Recent scholarship and
"'Who will explain the explanation?': The ambivalent reception of
dimensional space in the British Spiritualist press, 1875-1900." Victorian
41.2 (2008): 124-49.
"Triangulating the contributions of George Salmon to Victorian disputes
on mathematics, evolution, and liberal theology." Nineteenth
31.3 (2009): 251-69.
portion of this research was presented in January 2004 as part of
Colgate University's Division of
Sciences & Mathematics Colloquium Series.
Portions were also included in the program of the annual
conference of the BSHS, June 2004, Liverpool.
"Giving wings to logic: Mary Everest Boole's propagation and fulfilment
Journal for the History of Science
43.1 (2010): 49-74.
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
"Mary Everest Boole: The Laws of
and Women’s Spheres of Influence," a paper read at
conference, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, June 2010.
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.
"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.
The fourth dimension in theosophical and esoteric discourses,
Promoting and contesting the 'New Infinite' in spiritual contexts,
Public and lay engagements with mathematical innovations c.
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