Photo by Emily Fakhoury

Postdoctoral Scholar at ICERM

What’s New?  Check out a recent Math Values blog post featuring my experience as a Math-Dancer!

Check out my new papers with Dror Bar-Natan, Itai Bar-Natan, Iva Halacheva, Sarah Ruth Nicholls and Julia Shneidman!

About Me

I am a visiting postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University. Previously I was a postdoc at the University of Toronto with Dr. Dror Bar-Natan, and before that, I was Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. I completed my PhD in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara under the direction of Darren Long in June of 2019.  For more information about my research visit the Research tab.

In the summer of 2021 I mentored an REU project at GA Tech that lead to a student co-authored paper. Check out the Georgia Tech REU 2021  tab for a copy of our paper and some photos of the summer events.

While mathematics takes up most of my time and energy, I am passionately interested in many other things. My most recent adventure has been to create Math-Dance projects, using dance as a communication tool to teach higher mathematics.

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In the summer of 2017, I won first place in Science Magazine’s video competition Dance Your PhD with my video Representations of the Braid Groups. Visit the Math-Dance tab for more information about this video.22181194_10208308192256902_5872124498997532545_o

 I have developed many Math-Dance outreach activities including live performances, performative lectures, and published a paper about using dance as a technique to communicate mathematics to the public.


Before I became a mathematician I wanted to be a singer and performer in musical theater. I have a deep yearning for all things old. I love ballroom dancing, sewing, fashions from across the centuries, horse drawn carriages and anything touched by Jane Austen. Here is a photo of a dress I sewed for a victorian ball.

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