As an Asian straight male in academia, I have privilege. The acknowledgement of privilege does not diminishes one's accomplishments, but it recognizes the historical and social forces that buoyed one's success. This attribution is no different from admitting, in the course of our intellectual pursuit, that we reach new heights standing on the shoulder of giants. And I think it is only ethically right be open about the circumstances that enabled one's achievements, and to understand and to ameliorate the adversarial environments that prevented the same for others.
Being an ally means, first and foremost, being supportive of others. It also means using your position of privilege to help level the playing field. If you are mathematician, consider amplifying and supporting: the Association for Women in Mathematics, the National Association of Mathematicians, the Math Alliance, and Spectra.
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Undergrad Research / Reading Courses. If you are an undergraduate student at Michigan State University looking for research experience, please take a look at my info page on this subject.
Prospective PhD Students. Please take a look at this page.
Current PhD Students. If you are considering working with me, I have some basic information put up.
I am a tenured associate professor of mathematics at Michigan State University. My research combines analytic and geometric techniques to study nonlinear evolutionary partial differential equations that arise in physical and geometric contexts. I am particularly interested in situations where wave-like phenomena arise, such as general relativity, fluids, and the physics of elastic membranes and solids.
PhD in Mathematics, 2009
BA with High Honors in Mathematics, 2005
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