The mathematics faculty are active scholars and teachers. Their research and teaching interests include: logic; mathematical modelling; field independence/dependence; knot theory; mathematics education; lattice theory; topology; graph theory; and group theory.

Larry Knop, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Emeritus

Areas of Expertise: statistics, linear algebra, mathematical modeling, computer-augmented learning, and algebra.
Knop earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. reas of interest are mathematical modeling and improper integrals, and differential equations.

Dick Bedient, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: low dimensional topology, knot theory, fractal geometry and chaos theory.
Bedient earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan. More >>

Bedient earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His research and teaching interests are low dimensional topology, knot theory, fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Debra Boutin, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: graph theory, graph symmetries, geometric graph theory and combinatorics.
Debra Boutin came to Hamilton in 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in 1991 and her Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1998. More >>

Boutin's mathematical interests include graph theory, geometric graph theory and group theory. In particular, she works with graphs, their drawings, and their symmetry groups.

Her recent papers include "Geometric Graph Homomorphisms" with Sally Cockburn in the Journal of Graph Theory (forthcoming), "Thickness and Chromatic Number of r-Inflated Graphs" with Michael O. Albertson and Ellen Gethner in Discrete Math (forthcoming), and "Determining sets, resolving sets, and the exchange property" in Graphs and Combinatorics 2009.

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Sally Cockburn, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: discrete mathematics, particularly graph theory and cobinatorial optimization, with a secondary teaching interest in philosophy of mathematics.
Sally Cockburn, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991, earned her Ph. D. from Yale University with a doctoral dissertation in algebraic topology. More >>

Cockburn has published papers in combinatorial optimization ("On the domino-parity inequalities for the STSP", with Sylvia Boyd and Danielle Vella,  in Mathematical Programming Series A 2006) and geometric graph theory ("Geometric Graph Homomorphims", with Debra Boutin, in the Journal of Graph Theory, forthcoming). 

Among her teaching interests are set theory and the philosophical foundations of mathematics.

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Andrew Dykstra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: dynamical systems, symbolic dynamics and ergodic theory.
Andrew Dykstra earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. More >>

Before joining the Hamilton faculty, Dykstra spent two years as the Yates Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University.

Dykstra's research is in dynamical systems. He is especially interested in symbolic dynamics and ergodic theory.

Courtney Gibbons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: commutative algebra, homological algebra, and applied algebra.
Courtney Gibbons received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2009, 2013), where she studied homological properties of modules over quadratic algebras. More >>

A Connecticut native, Gibbons graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College (2006).

Gibbons' work appears in the Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, and, soon, in the Journal of Commutative Algebra. She also codes for Macaulay 2, an open-source algebra software package.

Gibbons plans to include Hamilton students in her research agenda and to design algebra electives that blend classical theory and modern applications.

Robert Kantrowitz, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: analysis and commutative Banach algebras.
Robert Kantrowitz, a 1982 graduate of Hamilton College, earned a master's and doctorate from Syracuse University. He returned to join the Hamilton faculty in 1990 and has served as Mathematics Department chair since 2010. More >>

His research is in analysis, with particular focus on Banach algebras, automatic continuity, and operator theory, and his teaching interests include analysis, linear algebra, and calculus.

Kantrowitz's latest article, "Series that converge absolutely but don't converge," appeared in The College Mathematics Journal.  His other recent work has focused on modeling projectile motion and on stochastic matrices. The article "Optimization of projectile motion in three dimensions" appeared in Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly, and "A fixed point approach to the steady state for stochastic matrices" is slated to appear in a forthcoming issue of Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.

Tim Kelly, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: mathematical education; probability, statistics, stochastic processes, and pre-calculus; and probabilistic and statistical reasoning.
Kelly came to Hamilton in 1985 from the University of New Hampshire, where he also earned his Ph.D. in mathematical education.

Chinthaka Kuruwita, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: nonparametric density estimation, and quantile regression models.
Chinthaka Kuruwita received a bachelor's degree in statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in 2005. More >>

Kuruwita earned a master's degree and Ph.D in mathematical sciences with a concentration in statistics from Clemson University.  His research is focused on new regression models. During his stay in the U.S. he was involved in developing a new modeling strategy to assess suicidal risk of adolescents in the U.S. that was published in Journal of Adolescent Health (2009).

Michelle LeMasurier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: dynamical systems and topological dynamics.
Michelle LeMasurier received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and joined the Hamilton faculty in 2001.

Robert Redfield, Ph.D., Samuel F. Pratt Professor of Mathematics

Areas of Expertise: lattice-ordered fields, rings and groups, vector lattices, and ordered topolgical spaces.
Robert Redfield earned his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada. More >>

Redfield's recent work has focused on functions on lattice-ordered rings and vector lattices. In March 2004, Redfield spoke on "Positive Derivations on archimedean lattice-ordered rings" at the Conference on Lattice-Ordered Groups and f-Rings at the University of Florida. In July 2004, he spoke on "Order bases in lattice-ordered algebraic structures" at the University of Mississippi and on "Wilson bases" at the University of Houston - Clear Lake. His latest paper, "Fields of quotients of lattice-ordered domains," written with Jingjing Ma, will be appearing soon in Algebra Universalis.

Joshua Wiscons, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Joshua Wiscons rejoins Hamilton College as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. More >>

After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2011, Wiscons spent one year on the faculty of Hamilton College before moving to Münster, Germany, for a two year postdoc funded by a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His research lies in the intersection of group theory and model theory. The former is roughly the study of symmetry; while, the latter is an area of mathematical logic. Equally passionate about education, Wiscons has been teaching mathematics at the college level for many years.

Topaz Wiscons, Lecturer in Mathematics

Topaz Wiscons joins Hamilton College as a lecturer in mathematics for the fall 2014 semester. More >>

Topaz Wiscons joins Hamilton College as a lecturer in mathematics for the fall 2014 semester.  She received a Ph.D. in mathematics  from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011 as well as a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.  Her research is in the field of Universal Algebra and its application to constraint satisfaction problems.  She taught for nearly a decade at the University of Colorado.