I am a Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College; previously I was a Professor at Purdue University. Here's my explanation of why I left Purdue after 14 years. You can read about my life in detail at the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
I've been working on properties of Selmer groups for elliptic curves using class groups of number fields, as well as properties of Dessins d'Enfants. I run an REU which focuses on understanding properties of Belyi maps, and I maintain a blog about Dessins d'Enfants.
Activity within Professional Organizations
- From June 13 to July 26, 2020, I was the research leader for MSRI-UP 2020 on "Branched Covers of Curves" at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA.
- From June 15 through July 31, 2020, I ran a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) called PRiME: Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
- On January 8, 2020, I will co-organize the AMS Special Session "ADJOINT Research Showcase" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.
- In Spring 2021, I will co-organize the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS) at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
Talks and Appearances
You can subscribe to my travel schedule here: Personal Travel Schedule. If you would like to subscribe to a calendar of various activities for those interested Living a Math Life Calendar.
- On September 8, 2020, I will give the Natural Sciences Seminar at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.
- On September 15, 2020, I will speak to the MESA Program at San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino, CA.
- On September 18, 2020, I will speak in the Claremont History and Philosophy of Mathematics Seminar at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
- On October 5-6, 2020, I will attend the workshop "Postbaccalaureate and Bridge Programs in Mathematics" at the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose, CA.
- In October 2020, I will be a keynote speaker for the Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference - a virtual conference hosted from the Great Britain.
- On January 8, 2020, I will speak in the AMS Special Session "History of Mathematics I" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.
- On January 8, 2020, I will speak in the AMS Special Session "A Showcase of Number Theory at Undergraduate Institutions" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.
- In Fall 2020, I will visit Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA.
- In Fall 2020, I will speak in the Algebra-Geometry-Combinatorics Seminar at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA.
- In Spring 2021, I will give the Mosaic Lecture at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.
- In Fall 2021, I will visit Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.
In the Media
I have been featured in a few media outlets over the years.
- Mathematical Lives: A Profile of Edray Goins (June 19, 2020)
- Lack of diversity in his field has troubled this mathematician (Science News for Students; April 14, 2020)
- Inclusion for Black Mathematicians: Q&A with Edray Goins (Insight Into Diversity; August 19, 2019)
- The Cooper Union's 160th Commencement took place on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM in the Great Hall. Professor Edray Goins of Pomona College gave the keynote address. (Cooper Union YouTube Channel; May 21, 2019)
- Episode 2: Pi is Dead! Long Live Pi! (Stephen Ornes' "Calculated" Podcast; March 12, 2019)
- What I Learned While Reporting on the Dearth of Black Mathematicians (New York Times; February 20, 2019)
- For a Black Mathematician, What It's Like to Be the 'Only One' (New York Times; February 18, 2019)
- The Voices of Black Mathematicians (Scientific American Blog; February 13, 2019)
- How Abstract Math Can Analyze Social Injustice (Science Friday Live; June 22, 2018)
- 93.1 FM WIBC Interview with Ray Steele about the Indiana Pi Bill (Ray Steele; March 13, 2015)
- 2004 Emerging Scholars of the Year -- Taking the Tough Road (Black Issues in Higher Education; January 15, 2004)
- L.A Effort Guides Blacks to Colleges (San Francisco Examiner; April 29, 1990)
- 2 L.A. Students Win Merit Scholarships for Blacks (Los Angeles Times; March 9, 1990)