Ping Zhang (graph theorist)


Ping Zhang is a mathematician specializing in graph theory. She is a professor of mathematics at Western Michigan University and the author of multiple textbooks on graph theory and mathematical proof.[1]

Zhang earned a master's degree in 1989 from the University of Jordan, working there on ring theory with Hasan Al-Ezeh.[1] She completed her Ph.D. in 1995 at Michigan State University. Her dissertation, in algebraic combinatorics, was Subposets of Boolean Algebras, and was supervised by Bruce Sagan.[1][2]

After a short-term position at the University of Texas at El Paso, she joined the Western Michigan faculty in 1996.[1]



Zhang is the author of:

  • Mathematical Proofs: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics (with Gary Chartrand and A. D. Polimeni, Addison-Wesley, 2002; 2nd ed., 2007; 3rd ed., 2012)
  • Introduction to Graph Theory (with Gary Chartrand, McGraw-Hill, 2004; Chinese ed., 2006); revised as A First Course in Graph Theory (Dover, 2012)[3]
  • Chromatic Graph Theory (with Gary Chartrand, CRC Press, 2008)[4]
  • Graphs & Digraphs (by Gary Chartrand and Linda Lesniak, with Zhang added as a co-author on the 5th ed., CRC Press, 2010)[5]
  • Discrete Mathematics (with Gary Chartrand, Waveland Press, 2011)
  • Covering Walks in Graphs (with Futaba Fujie, Springer, 2014)
  • Color-Induced Graph Colorings (Springer, 2015)[6]
  • The Fascinating World of Graph Theory (with Arthur T. Benjamin and Gary Chartrand, Princeton University Press, 2015)[7]
  • A Kaleidoscopic View of Graph Colorings (Springer, 2016)[8]
  • How to Label a Graph (with Gary Chartrand and Cooroo Egan, Springer, 2019) MR3932147[9]
  • Irregularity in Graphs (with Akbar Ali and Gary Chartrand, Springer, 2021) MR4292275

She is also the co-editor of:

  • Handbook of Graph Theory (originally edited by Jonathan L. Gross and Jay Yellen, with Zhang added as a co-editor on the 2nd ed., CRC Press, 2013)


  1. ^ a b c d Ping Zhang, Professor of Mathematics, Western Michigan University, retrieved 2018-05-29
  2. ^ Ping Zhang at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Review of A First Course in Graph Theory:
    • Saccoman, John T. (December 2012), "Review", MAA Reviews
  4. ^ Reviews of Chromatic Graph Theory:
    • Bóna, Miklós (December 2008), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • de Werra, D. (2009), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2450569{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Semanišin, Gabriel, zbMATH, Zbl 1169.05001{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ Reviews of Graphs & Digraphs (5th ed):
    • Saccoman, John T. (June 2012), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • White, Arthur T., zbMATH, Zbl 1211.05001{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  6. ^ Review of Color-Induced Graph Colorings:
    • Steffen, Eckhard, zbMATH, Zbl 1365.05006{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  7. ^ Reviews of The Fascinating World of Graph Theory:
    • Hunacek, Mark (January 2015), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Bultheel, Adhemar (September 2015), "Review", Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society
    • Glass, Darren B. (January 2016), American Mathematical Monthly, 123 (1): 106–112, doi:10.4169/amer.math.monthly.123.1.106, S2CID 218548357{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Cereceda, Luis (October 2016), The Mathematical Gazette, 100 (549): 569–570, doi:10.1017/mag.2016.152, S2CID 164447902{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Green, Frederic (December 2016), ACM SIGACT News, 47 (4): 18–21, doi:10.1145/3023855.3023862, S2CID 31121135{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Edwards, Keith J., Mathematical Reviews, MR 3307972{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Delgado, Alberto Luis, zbMATH, Zbl 1317.05001{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. ^ Reviews of A Kaleidoscopic View of Graph Colorings:
    • Asplund, John, Mathematical Reviews, MR 3467611{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Puleo, Gregory J., zbMATH, Zbl 1353.05003{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  9. ^ Review of How to Label a Graph:
    • Lesniak, Linda, zbMATH, Zbl 1457.05002{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)