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 will be the research leader for MSRI-UP 2020 on "Branched Covers of Curves" at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA.
- From June 15-26, 2020, I will co-lead the African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA.
- From June 15 through July 31, 2020, I will run a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) called PRiME: Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
- From September 12-13, 2020, I will co-organize the Arizona Winter School (AWS) Undergraduate Bootcamp at Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
- In Fall 2020, 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 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 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 January 2021, I will give the 2021 MAA Project NExT Lecture on Teaching and Learning in Washington, DC.
- In Spring 2021, I will give the Mosaic Lecture at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.
In the Media
I have been featured in a few media outlets over the years.
- Pomona College Sagecast: Backstories with Professor Edray Goins (May 6, 2020)
- MEET a Mathematician! - Edray Goins (April 21, 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)
- Happy Pi Day. Indiana once tried to define pi as 3.2. The bill almost passed. (ABC News; March 14, 2019)
- Stephen Ornes' "Calculated" Podcast Episode 2: Pi is Dead! Long Live Pi! (Stephen Ornes; March 12, 2019)
- Facing Deep Isolation as an Accomplished Black Mathematician (Dreambox Learning Blog; February 28, 2019)
- What I Learned While Reporting on the Dearth of Black Mathematicians (New York Times; February 20, 2019)
- Black Mathematicians Sound Off On Inequality (Colorlines; February 19, 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)
- A Dream Deferred: 50 Years of Blacks in Mathematics (AMS Blog; January 18, 2019)
- A Dream Deferred: 50 Years of Blacks in Mathematics (YouTube; January 17, 2019)
- Interview with AMS Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen about MAA Invited Address (Mike Breen; January 17, 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)