About Me

Welcome to my occasional mostly math blog.  I am currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Before that I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and before that a Van Vleck Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  In 2011 I earned my PhD with Dr. Rachel Pries at Colorado State University.  My research is in arithmetic geometry, number theory, combinatorics, coding theory, and cryptography.  I also like to write about math and talk about math on the radio.

I am passionate about teaching math, on college campuses and anywhere else they’ll let me.  I strongly support adult basic education and volunteer at Community Learning Centers of Philadelphia.  I also love Math Circles.  With Kathryn Haymaker, I co-lead a Math Circle at Graterford State Correctional Institution, near Philadelphia, PA.

Besides math:   I love living in Philadelphia.  I love reading, writing, playing the accordion, listening to music, forcing others to listen to the music that I like as a DJ, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, eating delicious food, spending time with animals, and visiting my friends and family.  And of course a lot of other things.  I am originally from Wyoming.