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. 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.
Activity within Professional Organizations
Talks and Appearances
- On May 12, 2023, I will speak at the Conference for Emerging Black Academics in STEM (CEBAS 2023) at Caltech in Pasadena, CA.
- On October 16-17, 2023, I will visit the University of South Carolina (UofSC) in Columbia, SC to help commemorate the life and work of James Solomon.
- 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
- National Math Conference Coming to Pomona this Month (Pomona College News, February 1, 2023)
- Pomona and Cal Poly students team up to document Black contributions to mathematics (The Student Life, March 10, 2022)
- Edray Goins (BS '94, Postdoc '01-'04), Mathematician (Caltech Heritage Project, September 7, 2022)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)