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.
I am also working on a history project for African Americans in the mathematical sciences. I am the lead for updating the MAD Pages. You can check out the Speaker Series on my work, an Article in MAA Focus, and a Blogpost on the work.
Activity within Professional Organizations
Talks and Appearances
- On March 2, 2021, I will give a public lecture at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
- On March 6, 2021, I will give the keynote address for the 2021 UCLA Mathematics Department's Curtis Center Mathematics and Teaching Conference at the University of California at Los Angeles.
- On March 16, 2021, I will give the Mosaic Lecture at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.
- On March 20, 2021, I will be on the panel Why You Should Consider Doctoral Education or the Professoriate, Personal Testimonials for the 15th Annual WAESO Student Research Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.
- On March 23, 2021, I will present to the Umoja Learning Community at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA.
- On March 25, 2021, I will give a Mathematics Department Colloquium at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.
- On March 27-28, 2021, I will give the keynote address for the Mid-Atlantic Seminar On Numbers (MASON) V.
- On April 2, 2021, I will speak to Lillian Pierce's History of Mathematics Course at Duke University in Durham, NC.
Featured In the Media
- Math Master (Angela Ross's SoCal Voices Podcast; November 4, 2020)
- It All Adds Up (Chris Clarke's Something About Food? Podcast; October 27, 2020)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 29, 1990)