Erica Flapan


Erica Flapan (born August 14, 1956) is an American mathematician, the Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College.[1]

Education and careerEdit

Flapan did her undergraduate studies at Hamilton College (New York), graduating in 1977,[2][3] and went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, earning a Ph.D. in 1983 under the supervision of Daniel McMillan.[4]

After postdoctoral studies at Rice University and the University of California, Santa Barbara she joined the Pomona faculty in 1986.[2][3] Flapan's research is in low-dimensional topology and knot theory.


Flapan is the author or coauthor of books including:

Her edited volumes include Applications of Knot Theory (with Dorothy Buck, 2009), Knots, Links, Spatial Graphs, and Algebraic Invariants (with Allison Henrich, Aaron Kaestner, and Sam Nelson, 2017), and Topology and Geometry of Biopolymers (with Helen Wong, 2018).


In 2011, Flapan was one of three winners of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, from the Mathematical Association of America.[3][8] In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society,[9] and in the same year as part of the bicentennial of Hamilton College was honored with a Hamilton Alumni Achievement Medal.[10] In recognition of her devotion to mentoring, Flapan won the M. Gweneth Humphreys Award from the Association for Women in Mathematics in 2018.[11] She will deliver the Chan Stanek Lecture for Students at MathFest 2021.[12]


  1. ^ Faculty listing, Pomona Mathematics Dept., retrieved 2013-01-22.
  2. ^ a b Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  3. ^ a b c Award citation, January 2011 Prizes and Awards, MAA, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  4. ^ Erica Flapan at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Reviews of When Topology Meets Chemistry:
    • Langton, Stacy G. (January 2001), "Review", MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America
    • van Rensburg, Buks (May–June 2001), "Untangling molecular knots", American Scientist, 89 (3): 279–280, JSTOR 27857483
    • Whittington, Stuart (September 2001), SIAM Review, 43 (3): 577–579, JSTOR 3649818{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Lord, Nick (November 2001), The Mathematical Gazette, 85 (504): 550–552, doi:10.2307/3621805, JSTOR 3621805{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Keesling, J. E. (2002), Mathematical Reviews, MR 1781912{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Ashbacher, Charles (2005–2006), "Review", Journal of Recreational Mathematics, 34 (1), ProQuest 89066158
  6. ^ Review of Number Theory: A Lively Introduction:
  7. ^ Reviews of Knots, Molecules, and the Universe:
  8. ^ Halmo award recipients, MAA, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  9. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  10. ^ Hamilton Alumni Achievement Medals Archived 2014-09-05 at the Wayback Machine, Hamilton College, retrieved 2013-01-22.
  11. ^ "Humphreys Award 2018". Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  12. ^ "Invited Addresses | Mathematical Association of America". Retrieved 2021-06-04.