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**Jessica Katherine Sklar** (born 1973)^{[1]} is a mathematician interested in abstract algebra, recreational mathematics, mathematics and art, and mathematics and popular culture. She is a professor of mathematics at Pacific Lutheran University, and former head of the mathematics department at Pacific Lutheran.^{[2]}

As a high school student, Sklar studied poetry at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She did her undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College, where her mother Elizabeth S. had earned a degree in English (later becoming an English professor at Wayne State University) and her father Lawrence Sklar had taught philosophy. Jessica completed a double major in English and mathematics in 1995.^{[2]}^{[3]}

Next, Sklar moved to the University of Oregon for graduate study in mathematics, earning a master's degree in 1997 and completing her Ph.D. there in 2001.^{[4]} Her dissertation, *Binomial Rings and Algebras*, was supervised by Frank Wylie Anderson.^{[5]}

She has been a faculty member in the mathematics department at Pacific Lutheran since 2001.^{[2]}

Combining her interests in mathematics and art she is one of 24 mathematicians and artists who make up the Mathemalchemy Team.^{[6]}^{[7]}

- “‘Bok bok’: exploring the game of Chicken in film,” with Jennifer F. Nordstrom. In:
*Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences.*Ed. Bharath Sriraman. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2020.^{[8]} - “‘Elegance in design’: mathematics and the works of Ted Chiang.” In:
*Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences.*Ed. Bharath Sriraman. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2020.^{[8]} - “Disciple” (poem).
*Journal of Humanistic Mathematics***7**(2) (July 2017), 418. *First-Semester Abstract Algebra: A Structural Approach.*Archived 2018-11-14 at the Wayback Machine GNU Free Documentation License, 2017.- “A confused electrician uses Smith normal form,” with Tom Edgar.
*Mathematics Magazine***89**(1) (2016), 3–13. *Mathematics in Popular Culture: Essays on Appearances in Film, Literature, Games, Television and Other Media*.^{[9]}Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2012. Editor, with Elizabeth S. Sklar.- “The graph menagerie: abstract algebra and the Mad Veterinarian,” with G. Abrams.
*Mathematics Magazine***83**(3) (2010), 168–179. - “Dials and levers and glyphs, oh my! Linear algebra solutions to computer game puzzles.”
*Mathematics Magazine***79**(5) (2006), 360–367. - "Binomial rings.”
*Communications in Algebra***32**(4) (2004), 1385–1399. - “Binomial algebras.”
*Communications in Algebra***30**(4) (2002), 1961–1978.

Sklar was a winner of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award of the Mathematical Association of America in 2011 for her paper with Gene Abrams, *The Graph Menagerie: Abstract Algebra and the Mad Veterinarian*.^{[10]}
The paper provides a general solution to a class of lattice reduction puzzles exemplified by the following one:^{[3]}

"Suppose a mad veterinarian creates a transmogrifier that can convert one cat into two dogs and five mice, or one dog into three cats and three mice, or a mouse into a cat and a dog. It can also do each of these operations in reverse. Can it, through any sequence of operations, convert two cats into a pack of dogs? How about one cat?"

She was the July 2012 Author of the Month at Ada's Technical Books in Seattle, Washgington.

**^**Birth year from Library of Congress catalog entry, retrieved 2018-12-02.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}*Curriculum vitae*(PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-11-14, retrieved 2020-08-02 - ^
^{a}^{b}Mackenzie, Dana (January 2013), "1 Plus 1 Makes Engaging Book: Mother and Daughter Bridge Generations and Disciplines",*Swarthmore College Bulletin* **^**"Jessica Sklar",*Mathematics Faculty and Staff*, Pacific Lutheran University, retrieved 2020-05-03**^**Jessica Sklar at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**Mathemalchemy’s Team**^**Shinn, Lora (8 January 2021), "1 By the Numbers: PLU Professor Collaborates on a New Artwork Illuminating the Beauty of Math",*PLU Marketing and Communications*- ^
^{a}^{b}Sriraman, Bharath, ed. (2020).*Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences*. Springerlink. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70658-0. ISBN 978-3-319-70658-0. S2CID 241723585. **^**Reviews of*Mathematics in Popular Culture*:- Ashbacher, Charles (June 2012), "Review",
*MAA Reviews* - Sterling, Chris (2012),
*Communication Booknotes Quarterly*,**43**(3): 140, doi:10.1080/10948007.2012.700870, S2CID 218575824`{{citation}}`

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*Choice Reviews*: 201`{{citation}}`

: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Karaali, Gizem (November–December 2013), "Review",
*AWM Newsletter*,**43**(6): 22–25 - Kozek, Mark (March 2014),
*The American Mathematical Monthly*,**121**(3): 274–278, doi:10.4169/amer.math.monthly.121.03.274, S2CID 218547798`{{citation}}`

: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Campbell, Paul J. (December 2014),
*Mathematics Magazine*,**87**(5): 404–405, doi:10.4169/math.mag.87.5.404, S2CID 218543117`{{citation}}`

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- Ashbacher, Charles (June 2012), "Review",
**^**"MAA Awards Presented" (PDF), Mathematics People,*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*,**58**(10): 1464, November 2011

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