Allison N. Miller

About me:

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.

This fall I am teaching an all-online version of Honors Linear Algebra that incorporates small group work, proof writing workshops, and a nontraditional grading scheme. In spring 2021, I'll be teaching a new seminar class: Ethics in Mathematics. For more about my past and present teaching (including an awesome poster by my Geometry Lab group from spring 2020!), go here.

I am also involved in the Horizons program at Rice, run Math Exp(lorations), and work with the Los Angeles branch of BEAM (Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics).

My CV, up to date as of September 2020, is available here.


  • I grew up outside of Washington, DC in Arlington, VA, where for seven years I attended the H-B Woodlawn program, 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 now have an abundance of titles at Rice University: G.C. Evans Instructor in Mathematics, Junior Fellow of the Rice Academy of Fellows, and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with scientific mentor Shelly Harvey.

You can find my papers on the arXiv and find me in my office, Herman Brown Hall 456. My email is and my address is Rice University/ Department of Mathematics- MS 136/ P.O. Box 1892/ Houston, TX 77005/ 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 a Krener Assistant Professor at UC Davis. 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.