BiographyAmerican by birth, I grew up in Italy and in France, where I studied at the Lycee International in Saint-Germain-en-Laye from 5th grade through high school. There I earned both an American high school degree and a French Baccalaureat C. The solid foundation in mathematics and science that a Bac C offers served me well through my undergraduate degree in mathematics at Brown University. After a three-year gap, I returned to graduate school and completed my PhD at Northeastern University under Jerzy Weyman.
I first taught at Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, and have been at Wheaton College since 2008. My family and I enjoy traveling as opportunity allows. In 2013, we spent my sabbatical semester in Nairobi, Kenya, teaching, writing, and serving at Africa Nazarene University.
I enjoy reading, research, and teaching in many areas of pure mathematics but maintain specific interests in commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, cryptography and discrete dynamical systems. Since I am primarily involved in undergraduate teaching, my writing tends to focus on textbooks for advanced courses that I have taught. Furthermore, I particularly care about offering undergraduate students research experiences.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My primary areas of expertise are in commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, and differential geometry.