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Most of the CUNY GC faculty are appointed to the doctoral faculty after being hired at a CUNY College.   They continue to work with undergraduates at the college where they were hired but now teach doctoral courses and in addtition take on the responsibilities of a doctoral faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center.  New appointments in mathematics over the past five years are listed below.

Appointed in 2020 


Ghezzi, Laura, Algebra, (Ph.D., 2001 Michigan State University), [NYC College of Technology] 

Johnson, Tobias, Discrete probability and statistical mechanics; interacting particle systems, (Ph.D., 2014 University of Washington), [College of Staten Island] 

Kingan, Sandra, Combinatorics and Algorithms, (Ph.D., Louisiana State University), [Brooklyn College]

Lejmi, Mehdi, Geometric Analysis and Partial Differential Equations, (Ph.D.,2010 Universite de Quebec a Montreal, Canada), [ Bronx Community] 

Owen, Megan, Algorithms, Combinatorics, (Ph.D., 2008 Cornell University), [Lehman College] 

Rong, Yongwu, Topology, Low dimensional topology and applications such as computational biology (Ph.D.,1989 University of Texas at Austin), [Queens College]       

Sheffer, Adam, Combinatorics, (Ph.D., 2014 Tel-Aviv University, Israel), [Baruch] 





Appointed in 2019


Andrew Obus, Algebraic Geometry, Number Theory, Galois Theory, Non- Archimedean geometry, (Ph.D., 2009 University of Pennsylvania) [Baruch College, CUNY]

David Aulicino, Dynamical Systems, Geometry, (Ph.D., 2012 University of Maryland), [Brooklyn College]

Jack Hanson, Probability, Mathematical Physics, (Ph.D., 2013 Princeton), [City College]

Joel C.R. Nagloo, Model theory, Differential algebra and Number theory, (Ph.D., 2014 University of Leeds, UK) [Bronx Community College]


Appointed in 2018


Enrique Pujals, Dynamical systems, Ergodic theory, (Ph.D., 1996 Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Brazil) [Graduate Center Professor]

Ilya Kapovich, Geometric group theory, geometric topology, ergodic theory, computability theory, (Ph.D., 1996 The Graduate Center, CUNY), [Hunter College]

Mahmoud Zeinalian, algebraic topology, homotopy theory, (Ph.D., 2001 The Graduate Center, CUNY) [Lehman College]

Zajj Daugherty, Combinatorial representation theory, particularly focused on diagram algebras such as Hecke, BMW, and Temperley-Lieb algebras, (Ph.D. 2010 University of Wisconsin-Madison), Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant [City College]


Appointed in 2017

Diogo PinheiroHamiltonian Dynamical Systems, Stochastic Optical Control, Mathematical Finance/ Actuarial Math, (Ph.D. 2006, The University of Warwick)

Khalid Bou-Rabee, Geometric Group Theory, Representation Theory of Finitely Generated Groups, (Ph.D. 2010, University of Chicago), NSF funding [The City College of New York]

Shirshendu Chatterjee, Probability, Statistics, (Ph.D. 2011, Cornell University), Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant [The City College of New York]

Uma Iyer(Ph.D. Indiana University)


Appointed in 2016


Andrew Douglas, Lie algebras, Lie groups, representation theory, mathematical physics, (PhD 2006, University of Toronto), NSF funding [New York City College of Technology]

Alice Medvedev, Model theory (a branch of mathematical logic), difference algebra, algebraic number theory, (PhD 2007, University of California, Berkeley), NSF funding [The City College of New York]

Bart Van Steirteghem, representation theory, algebraic transformation groups, spherical varieties, (PhD 2004, Columbia University), NSF funding [Medgar Evers College]

Joshua Sussan, representation theory, quantum topology, (PhD 2007, Yale University), NSF funding [Medgar Evers College]

Stephen Preston, partial differential equations, riemannian geometry, global analysis, (PhD 2002, Stony Brook University), Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant [Brooklyn College]



Appointed in 2013


Bianca Santoro, Complex Geometry and Geometric Differential Equations, (PhD  2006, MIT), NSF Funding [CCNY]

Christian Wolf, Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory,  (PhD 1999, Technical University of Munich). [CCNY]

David R. Finston, Affine Algebraic Geometry, (PhD 1983, UC San Diego), NSF, NSA and NASA funding [Brooklyn College]

W. Patrick Hooper, Dynamical Systems, (PhD 2006, Stony Brook), NSF Postdoc, NSF funding [CCNY]

Appointed in 2012

Huang, Zeno:  Complex analysis, Teichmuller theory, geometric analysis. (PhD 2003,  Rice University),   [College of Staten Island]

Ovchinnikov, Alexey: Differential algebra, differential Galois theory, symbolic computation, Representation theory,  ( Ph.D  2008,  Moscow State University,  and Ph.D.  2007, North Carolina State University).  [Queens College]

Steinberg, Benjamin: Semigroups, groups, representation theory, automata and formal language theory, (Ph.D.  1998, University of California at Berkeley).  [CCNY]

Wilson, Scott 0.: Geometry, topology of manifolds (Ph. D 2005, Stony Brook University). [Queens College]

Zamfirescu, Christina: Graph theory, algorithmic combinatorics networks, molecular complexity, intersection digraph representation.  (Master's in O.R. University of Bucharest, Ph.D. in Natural Sciences).  [Hunter College]

Appointed in 2011

Gamburd, Alexander: Number theory, probability and combinatorics, Presidential Early Career Award, Sloan Fellow, NSF and ARPA funding (PhD 1999,  Princeton University) [Graduate Center Presidential Professor]

Champanerkar,Abhijit: Geometric topology,  NSF-FRG Funding (PhD 2003, Columbia University). [College of Staten Island] 

Chigogidze, Alex: Topology and functional analysis, (PhD 1980 Tbilisi University). [Dean of Science and Technology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY]

Fuchs, Gunter: Logic, PhD 2003, Humboldt University, [College of Staten Island] 

Kharlampovic,Olga : Group theory,  NSERC Funding, Marsden Award, ( PhD 1984 Leningrad State University, Doctor of Science 1990 Moscow Steklov Institute). [Mary P. Dolciani Professor,  Hunter College]

Kofman, Ilya: Knot theory and geometric topology, NSF-FRG Funding , Simons Foundation funding, (PhD 2000, University of Maryland, College Park). [College of Staten Island]

Maher, Joseph: Geometric Topology, NSF funding (PhD 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara). [College of Staten Island] 

Sabitova, Maria: Number theory, NSF funding (PhD 2005, University of Pennsylvania). [Queens College]

Vukadinovic, Jesenko : Analysis, NSF funding  (PhD 2002, Indiana University)  [College of Staten Island]