Allison N. Miller

About me:

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Swarthmore College. In Fall 2022 I'll be teaching Linear Algebra (Math 27) and Combinatorics (Math 69); in 2021-2022 I taught Linear Algebra and Mathematics and Social Justice. For more about my past and present teaching , go here.

I do research in low-dimensional topology, exploring what knots and surfaces can tell us about the strange world of 4-dimensional topology. You can see me talk about my work here (5 minutes, for a general audience, as part of the College of Natural Science's 'Science in a Flash' event at Rice) or here (30 minutes, for an audience of topologists, as part of the Trends in Low-Dimensional Topology series). You can find out more about my research here.

I also maintain a list of resources on ethics in mathematics, created as I developed a course on that topic for Spring 2021. A description of that course, A Mini-seminar: Teaching Ethics in Mathematics in an Hour a Week, recently appeared in Journal of Humanistic Mathematics as part of their special issue on ethics in math.

My CV, up to date as of July 2022, is available here.

Biography:

  • I grew up outside of Washington, DC in Arlington, VA, where for seven years I attended H-B Woodlawn, an alternative public school program, graduating in 2008.

  • I then attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA for four years, except for a semester spent at the Budapest Semester in Mathematics program in Budapest, Hungary. I graduated in May 2012 after doing a senior thesis with Erica Flapan.

  • I received my PhD in May 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin, where my advisor was Cameron Gordon. During my PhD, I spent four months at the Hausdorff Institute in Bonn, Germany participating in the Knot Concordance and 4-Manifolds group of the Junior Trimester in Topology in fall 2016.

  • I then spent 3 years as a postdoc/ G.C. Evans Instructor at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

You can find my papers on the arXiv and find me in my office, Science Center 146. My email is amille11@swarthmore.edu and my address is Swarthmore College/ Department of Mathematics and Statistics/ 500 College Avenue/ Swarthmore, PA 19081/ USA.

Disambiguation/ Disclaimer: I am not Allison Moore, also once a student of Cameron Gordon at UT Austin, also once a postdoc at Rice in HBH 456, but now an Assistant Professor at VCU. Nor am I Alison Miller, a mathematician and associate editor at Mathematical Reviews. I can be distinguished from the many other Allison Millers in the world (who the reader can go out and discover for themselves) by my middle name- so far as I know I am the only Allison Northey Miller.