About Angela Vierling-Claassen

Email: angela.the.vc@gmail.com Twitter: @faroop

My Curriculum Vitae (current as of 3/18/2015)

Current and Recent Work

Part of symmetry project by Zac Rose

Part of symmetry project by Zac Rose

My main project right now is finishing a paper which develops a theory of how shame impacts mathematics teaching and learning. This expands several talks I have given in the past and has influenced a course a developed called Liberation Math.

Every spring, I teach a course called Math, Art, and Design. This is a course that I created to address the needs of Lesley University College of Art and Design students, as well as students majoring in other creative fields like art therapy. We spend the semester exploring mathematical thought and making things connected to mathematics. Each year it changes a bit as I bring in new content that I want to explore. Some materials from recent years:

That's my son playing on a Sidewalk Math pattern!

That’s my son playing on a Sidewalk Math pattern!

In 2013 and 2014, I worked with a team at the Lesley University Creativity Commons on project called Sidewalk Math, which a diverse group together build number sense and pattern making skills in young children through beautiful sidewalk patterns. We summarized our work in a “Footbook,” which includes information about the development of the project, detailed instructions, and supporting materials like parent and teacher workshops. This work is ongoing.

In 2014, I worked with the Center for Asian American Media to create a series of video assets in middle school mathematics for the PBS Learning Media website. We focused on showing mathematics in the context of diverse human endeavors in music, art, and athletics, and our videos.

Each summer, I volunteer for a week with Girls Rock Campain Boston, which has girls form a band, learn a new instrument, and write and perform their own original song.  At GRCB we teach the girls and women to be loud, be heard, and to build each other up. This group is important to me because of it’s focus education as a tool for empowerment and on providing educational opportunities outside of school. I strive to bring much of the spirit of GRCB into my own teaching and educational philosophy.

Selected Previous Work

I am very interested in using mathematics to address issues in human relationships. For example, I have written papers on game theoretical models of housework and childcare. I have also developed a model of how social networks become more accepting of gays and lesbians and I have a submitted paper outlining how the model can be used in a classroom activity.

I have a longstanding interest in models of mathematical surfaces and artists who have drawn inspiration from them. I have given a number of talks on this subject and have a website about them (which is now archival and hasn’t been updated in a long time).