I am a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Pomona College; previously I was a Professor at Purdue University. Here's my explanation of why I left Purdue after 14 years.
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. I am always looking for students to assist with projects! Click here to learn more.
The easiest way to contact me is by scheduling a time with Calendly.
Edray Herber Goins is Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Pomona College. He has worked as a researcher at both Harvard and the National Security Agency; and has taught at both Caltech and Purdue. Professor Goins has published over 25 journal articles in areas such as applied mathematics, graph theory, number theory, and representation theory; and on topics such as Diophantine equations, elliptic curves, and African Americans in mathematics. He has given nearly 250 invited addresses on his research, acted as a referee for nearly 20 different journals in mathematics, served on dozens of panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and been awarded more than $1,370,000 in external funding. Goins currently maintains the website Mathematicians of the African Diaspora (MAD Pages), and runs a federally-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) titled Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME).
Click here to download a headshot. A more detailed biography appears at the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
Activity within Professional Organizations
- On October 21-22, 2023, I co-organized "PUNDiT: Practicum for Undergraduates in Number Theory" at IPAM at UCLA.
- On January 3, 2024, I will organized the a Black Mathematicians Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco, CA.
- in April 2024, I will co-organize "GranvilleFest: A Celebration of the Life and Works of Evelyn Boyd Granville" as part of the 2024 Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Talks and Appearances
- On November 3-4, 2023, I will attend the MAA Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, DC.
- On November 9-11, 2023, I will travel to Bay Village, OH.
- On November 18, I will attend 2023 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at the California State University in Fullerton, CA.
- On November 30, 2023, I will give a colloquium talk at the University of California in Irvine, CA.
- On February 21, 2024, I will give a talk in the Algebra/Number Theory/Discrete Mathematics Seminar at the California State University in Northridge, CA.
- On March 15-16, 2024, I will speak at the MAA Illinois Section 2024 Annual Meeting at Bradley University in Peoria, IL.
- On March 29-30, 2024, I will speak at the MAA Intermountain Spring 2024 Meeting at Westminster University in Salt Lake City, UT.
- On April 4-6, 2024, I will speak at the MAA Oklahoma-Arkansas Section 2024 Annual Meeting at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.
- On April 12-13, 2024, I will speak at the MAA Wisconsin Section 2024 Annual Meeting at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, WI.
Featured In the Media
- Math professor presents Kieval lecture (The Times-Standard; October 22, 2023)
- Annual USC James L. Solomon Jr. lecture shines light on unknown Black mathematicians (The Daily Gamecock; October 18, 2023)
- PME J. Sutherland Frame Lecture "Distance Makes the Math Grow Deeper: Rational Distance Sets, Nate Dean, and Me" at the 2023 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston on January 4, 2023 (American Mathematical Society YouTube Channel; February 28, 2023)
- National Math Conference Coming to Pomona this Month (Pomona College News, February 1, 2023)
- Edray Goins on being a Black mathematician, building community, and confronting racism in academia (The Student Life, February 17, 2022)
- Mission to diversify mathematics pushes professor to leave top spot (Spectrum News 1; June 29, 2021)
- 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)
- For a Black Mathematician, What It's Like to Be the 'Only One' (New York Times; February 18, 2019)
- How Abstract Math Can Analyze Social Injustice (Science Friday Live; June 22, 2018)
- 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)