Allison N. Miller

About me: 

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Swarthmore College. 

In Spring 2024 I'll be teaching Math 20: Mathematics and Social Justice and Math 104: Topology--I've also recently taught Math 20: Mathematics and Social Justice (Spring 2022), Math 27: Linear Algebra (Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023 x 2), Math 67: Introduction to Modern Algebra (Spring 2023 x 2), Math 69: Combinatorics (Fall 2022), and a 4-student directed reading in knot theory (Spring 2023). 

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, first created as I developed a course in 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. 

For those on the job market: you can find the research statement, teaching statement, and cover letter from my job search in 2020 here, tailored for a job search aiming at liberal arts colleges that value both research and teaching highly. 

My CV, up to date as of August 2023, is available here.


You can find my papers on the arXiv and find me in my office, Science Center 150.  My email is 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.