I completed my doctoral studies in 2006, under the supervision of Rekha Thomas
at the University of Washington, after which I embarked on a
five-year post-doctoral world tour: one year in Kentucky,
two years in Mexico City and two years in Ireland
(one in Galway, one in Cork).
I came to James Madison in 2011 to take up a position as a tenure-track assistant professor of mathematics.
Outside of mathematics, I like to spend time with L. and our two children, e. and f., and
one cat two cats two cats and one dog.
We all live in beautiful Staunton, Virginia.
I like to read and walk and cycle for pleasure. And to chat with a cup of tea or coffee in hand. And to bake bread and desserts.
Sometimes all these things at once.
I am originally from Gurranabraher on the northside of Cork City in Ireland, the steps and steeples of which I know like the back of my hand.
I went to school at the North Mon and I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics from University College Cork in 2000.
Links and diversions for idle minds:
An article (reproduced here without permission) from
The Chronicle of Higher Education
on what American Idol and The X Factor can teach us about teaching.
- At some point I'd like to teach a liberal arts class that would include the mathematics
of the sun-dial and computations with the abacus. No, really, but nothing to do with the yellow pages.
I doubt this person will be impressed.
A picture of a homemade model of the Gale
transform of the hexagon. The hexagon is in the background
with its transform in the foreground. It's also colour
If the Gale transform doesn't excite you, there are many other
opportunities to put a rigorous
training in mathematics to good use. Also, spending time in a
mathematics department forces you to learn some unix commands
which can, surprisingly,
come in very handy.
Places close to my heart, with something and someone around very corner: