Faculty Biography

Professor Lee Rudolph  

Lee Rudolph, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 1-508-793-7345
Email: lrudolph@clarku.edu

Personal Website

Professor Rudolph earned his A.B. magna cum laude at Princeton University (1969) and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1974). He has taught at Brown, Columbia, and Brandeis Universities, and held research positions at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, California), Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico), and Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), before beginning to work at Clark in 1986. Since then, he has spent his sabbaticals and other leaves of absence as a researcher at the University of Geneva, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France), and Université de Dijon (Dijon, France). He has been with Clark since 1986.

For the past several years Professor Rudolph has been affiliated with the Clark Psychology Department's program in Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology; in calendar year 2004, he was supported as a full-time researcher in the SEC program by a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Grant in the Mathematical Sciences; the title of his successful IGMS proposal was "Geometry, Mapping, and Dynamics in Emotion Space", and he is continuing to investigate mathematical models of "emotion space", while also developing new applications of mathematics to qualitative psychology. With his colleagues James Laird, Nicholas Thompson, and Jaan Valsiner of the Psychology Department, he is Co-Principal Investigator of another NSF grant titled "Research on the stimuli in tactile, auditory, and visual domains that elicit emotional responses".

Professor Rudolph is also a poet. His third collection of poems, A Woman and a Man, Ice-Fishing, won the Texas Review Press's 2004 competition for the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize.

Current Research and Teaching

Professor Rudolph has taught many different mathematics courses at Clark, including Calculus I and II (Math 120-121), Honors Calculus I and II (Math 124-125), Linear Algebra (Math 130), Multivariate Calculus (Math 131), as well as Geometry, Topology, and Complex Analysis. In 2005-2006, he is directing a section of Diving Into Research (Math 110) devoted to "emotion space".

Professor Rudolph's research interests include knot theory, low-dimensional topology, and algebraic geometry. More details about his mathematical research can be found on his departmental website.

Selected Publications

Professor Rudolph's departmental website contains links to a complete list of his publications, many of which are available online.