Lauren Ruth

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Lauren C. Ruth

I joined Mercy University in Fall 2020 after a two-year post-doctoral position at Vanderbilt University working under the supervision of Dr. Jesse Peterson in the research areas of operator algebras, countable groups, and representation theory.  I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside in June 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Alain Valette and Dr. Feng Xu, and I completed my B.S. degree in Journalism at Northwestern University in December 2011, double-majoring in Journalism and Mathematics.  

You can find my Curriculum Vitae here.     

I enjoy teaching a broad range of courses across the mathematics curriculum, including Numerical Analysis, Math Modeling, and Advanced Calculus, integrating MATLAB and Python into coursework to demonstrate applications and to help students gain intuition for the theory. 

Here is a video of me presenting joint work with Dr. Jesse Peterson and Dr. Ishan Ishan at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery on 3 October 2019 during the workshop "Classification Problems in von Neumann Algebras."  Here is a video of me presenting our results during the workshop "Actions of Tensor Categories on C*-Algebras" hosted by the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics on 25 January 2021.  

During the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years, I serve as director of Mercy Actuarial Pathways (MAP), made possible by a Mathematical Association of America Tensor Women & Mathematics grant.  This project prepares undergraduate women at Mercy University for the actuarial exams P and FM.  MAP includes funding for a kick-off panel event this fall, study materials for the participants, coverage of their exam fees, and stipends for their participation.