Profiles

Biographies below are unauthorized.  We intend to create profiles of mathematicians who are related to the journal and somewhat have contributed to its success.

Mathematics in communist Albania

Mathematics in Albania started mostly with the establishment of the Faculty of Sciences in Tirana, after World War II, even though there had been Albanian mathematicians trained abroad before that.

The communist government tried to establish the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tirana as a research department, however its efforts were hampered because it selected only people who were favored by the communist party and left out a large proportion of the population branded as "kulaks", "the enemy of the working class", etc.  Only very few mathematicians close to the communist government were able to go abroad during the period 1960-1990. They produced very little in terms of research.  The Department of Mathematics at the University of Tirana never became a research department and its efforts mostly were focused on training teachers of mathematics for middle schools and high schools.   After the fall of communism many young people went to study mathematics to Western Europe and North America. Currently there are many Albanians who hold academic positions in research universities in mathematics.  

Tanush Shaska

Tony Shaska

Tanush (Tony) Shaska
PhD Mathematics (2001), University of Florida

Born in Vlora (Albania) his family was sent to Kocul (a village of Vlora) by the communist government when he was only a few months old.  tanush graduated from "Gjimnazi Halim Xhelo" in Vlora, in 1985. During his senior year in high school he won the first place in the mathematical olympiad in the city of Vlora, but was not allowed to represent the city in the national olympiad because his family was considered 'kulaks' by the government. During 1988-89 he did the mandatory service in the Albanian army.

In the Fall 1990, he was allowed to attend the University of Tirana as a student of veterinary but changed to mathematics. In February 1991 he participated in the hunger strike against the government. In March 1991, after the university was closed, he left the country and fled to Italy.

In Jan. 1992 enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he graduated on Dec. 1994, majoring in mathematics. In September 1996 he enrolled at the PhD program at the University of Florida and received a PhD in Spring 2001, working under the direction of Helmut Völklein and John Thompson.   He held a postdoctorate position at the University of California at Irvine (2001-2003) and a tenure track position at the University of Idaho (2003-2005), until he moved to Oakland University in 2005 where he continues to this day.  Prof. Shaska founded the Albanian Journal of Mathematics in 2007.

Enkelejd Hashorva

Enkelejd Hashorva

Enkelejd Hashorva
PhD Statistics (1999)
Universität Bern

Enkelejd graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tirana in 1992.  He graduate with a PhD from the University of Bern in 1999. Currently he is a Professor at the Department of Actuarial Sciences at the University of Lausanne.

Lubjana Beshaj

Lubjana Beshaj

Lubjana Beshaj
PhD Mathematics (2016)
Oakland University 

Lubjana grew up in Vlora (Albania) and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Physics from University of Vlora in 2008.  During 2009-2010 she was enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Vlora from where she received a Master of Science in Mathematics.  

She received a PhD in Mathematics in 2016 from Oakland University in Michigan. During the academic year 2016-2017 she was a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and  from 2017 she is an Assistant Professor at the Army Cyber Institute in West Point.

Lubjana's areas of research are arithmetic of hyperelliptic and superelliptic curves and cryptography. She has many publications and organized several conferences. Lubjana has co-edited Advances on superelliptic curves and their applications published by IOS Press and Algebraic Curves and their Applications, for the series Contemporary Math. published by American Math. Society. 

Giacomo Albanese



Giacomo Albanese
July 11, 1890 - June 8, 1948
PhD: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 1913
Advisor: E. Bertini

Giacomo Albanese was an Italian mathematician from the Albanian community in Italy. Albanese was a student of Bertini at Pisa. Albanese's research involved examining curves on algebraic surfaces and the genus of an algebraic variety.

He considered the problem of resolution of singularities, a major problem in algebraic geometry, and produced some elegant results. He pioneered investigations related to the Riemann-Roch problem and studied the rational equivalence of 0-cycles on surfaces. 

His name is remembered today for Albanese varieties used as a standard tool in aHe considered the problem of resolution of singularities, a major problem in algebraic geometry, and produced some elegant results. He pioneered investigations related to the Riemann-Roch problem and studied the rational equivalence of 0-cycles on surfaces. His name is remembered today for Albanese varieties used as a standard tool in algebraic geometry.

Fioralba Cakoni

Fioralba Cakoni

Fioralba Cakoni
PhD Mathematics, 1996
University of Tirana

Fioralba was born and grew up in Elbasan (Albania). She graduated from University of Tirana with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1987, and with a Master of Science degree in 1990. She received her PhD degree in 1996 under the direction of George Dassios. 

Fioralba has held academic positions at University of Delaware, Ecole Polytechnique. She is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University. 


Mirela Çiperiani


Mirela Çiperiani
PhD: Princeton University (2006)


Mirela was born in Shkodra (Albania) where she finished high school. While in high school she participated twice in the International Olympiad of Mathematics.

Mirela continued her studies in Mathematics at Smith College and then graduate school at Princeton University. She graduated in 2006 from Princeton University under the direction of Andrew Wiles.  Her thesis was on thesis was on "Solvable points on genus one curves".

During 2006-2009, Mirela held a post-doctorate position at Columbia University.  Since 2009, she has a tenured position at University of Texas. 

Artur Elezi


Artur Elezi
PhD Mathematics,
Oklahoma State University, (1999)

Artur grew up in the city of Elbasan (Albania) where he graduated from high school. He enrolled at the University of Tirana in Mathematics in 1984. He graduated from the University of Tirana in 1989, from the "special" 5-year program. In 1992 he enrolled at the Oklahoma State University and graduate with a PhD in 1999 under the direction of Sheldon Katz. 

A. Elezi has held academic positions at Stanford University and Brigham Young University. Currently he is at American University in  Washington DC.

Mainly interested in mathematics aspects of high energy physics, algebraic geometry,  and coding theory. He is one of the founders and past president of Albanian-American Academy, a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization foe the Albanian community of Washington DC Metro area. 

Gjergji Zaimi

Gjergji Zaimi
One of the best talents coming out of Albania in the last few decades. Gjergji Zaimi won honorable mention in the IMO 2003, Bronze Medal in IMO 2004, and Silver Medal in IMO 2005, 2006. 

Gjergji studied mathematics at California Technology. His area of research is combinatorial aspects of algebraic geometry, more specifically Hilbert schemes, Del Pezzo surfaces. Gjergji has several publications.