Allison N. Miller
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.
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.