- Silvio Levy (director of publishing)
- John Bourke (senior editor)
- Elizabeth Weaver (senior editor)
- Heather Armstrong
- Ian Barnett
- Shelly Bouchat
- Ravi Cho
- Ramsay Dyer
- Marc Ethier
- Joseph Flenner
- Logan Fox
- Conall Hegarty
- Fintan Hegarty
- Sikimeti Ma’u
- Qutub Sajib
- James Tipton
- Adam Towsley
- Erika Willaford
- Chris Williams
Heather E. Armstrong joined MSP in mid-2022.
Ian M. Barnett joined MSP as a production editor in summer 2022. He was born in upstate New York, where he was homeschooled until he discovered how much he enjoyed math and began taking classes at a local community college at the age of 15. He then traveled downstate a little, to Bard college, surrounded by performance art and chairs hanging from trees, and got his BA in 2013. He got his MA in mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 2016, where he once mortally offended an undergraduate TA by not being able to name a single member of the basketball team. He is currently back in upstate New York, where he spends his time editing and trying to help students not fail calculus exams.
Outside of math Ian enjoys games (from video to tabletop RPG), juggling, and playing Balinese gamelan.
Rachelle R. Bouchat grew up in western Pennsylvania. When she was six years old, her parents gave her the Dr. Seuss book, My Book about Me, and she filled in that “I like mathmatics best.” Since that time, her spelling ability has vastly improved and her passion for mathematics has continued. Shelly earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2008, working in combinatorial commutative algebra. Following graduation, she has served as a faculty member at both Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she loves to work with students and collaborate with them on research. Shelly started working for MSP in the summer of 2020.
Besides being a mathematician, Shelly is an avid fiber artist. She enjoys crocheting toys for all of her friends’ kids and knits a seemingly endless collection of items. She has competed in speed knitting competitions, including both Sock Madness as well as Tour-de-Sock. She also enjoys getting outdoors, whether it is on one of her bikes, going for a hike, or just sitting in the yard with her two corgis.
John G. Bourke joined MSP in summer 2014. He grew up in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and recent home of Doctor Who. He spent most of his undergraduate career at Merton College, Oxford, playing pool, then moved to the US to do his PhD in set theory at Dartmouth College. After short stints in central Pennsylvania and Kalamazoo, Michigan, he has happily returned to New Hampshire while his wife studies astrophysics, also at Dartmouth.
When not editing or teaching mathematics, John walks his overly energetic dog and enjoys the hiking New England offers during the warmer months. He’s learned to tolerate the long winters, and is proud of his whisky collection. His indoor hobbies include binge-watching TV serials, learning to code, cooking, and following Welsh rugby and the Red Sox.
Zara Chastain is MSP’s data manager, leading the Registry team. She received her BA in theatre arts and Japanese language at the University of Arizona. She grew up in Tucson, AZ, but also lived in Japan and New York City before settling in the Bay Area, where she continues to perform. In the past, she has held such jobs as book seller, tea expert, language teacher, hair stylist, and baby charmer.
Zara gets way too excited about getting her hair done, choosing and making her yearly Halloween costume, trying new restaurants, Renaissance festivals, The Wiggles, Girl Scout cookie season, karaoke, and planning her children’s birthday parties. She wishes she was better at getting regular exercise, playing any instrument, and driving. When she’s not working, she spends most of her time taking care of her three kids and trying to figure out how you make parent friends at the park while simultaneously preventing one child from running all the way to the end of the field while the other two pour sand on each other’s heads.
Ravi M. Cho grew up in New Jersey. He eventually moved to California, where he went to school at San José State University and received an MA in mathematics. Shortly after, in mid-2022, he found himself working at MSP.
In his spare time he likes to read fantasy books, play video games, watch shows, and go on hikes. His favorite game is Celeste, although after 150+ hours he still has not finished the last level. He says, somewhat unconvincingly, that one day he will open the crystal heart gate and finish the game. He also bakes once in a while.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Ramsay H. Dyer’s education in physics, mathematics, and computer science was interspersed with extended periods of tree-planting, travel, and odd jobs in construction. He also developed a great appetite for exploring the British Columbia mountains and coastline by foot, ski and kayak.
Ramsay joined MSP in 2015, and after living in Europe as a postdoc for almost five years with his wife and cat and dog, he has now returned with them to British Columbia to enjoy the mountains and sea and a little house with a wood cookstove on the wet coast of Vancouver Island.
In addition to editing, he continues to do part-time research in computational geometry through the Gudhi project at INRIA Sophia Antipolis. He has ambitions to eventually regain the ability to write something that doesn’t mention Delaunay triangulations.
Marc Ethier joined MSP in mid-2022.
J. Sunny Fawcett joined the software team at MSP in 2022. She had developed a love of numbers when her mother taught her how to “cast out nines”, a practice which inspired her third-grade teacher to warn her parents that she was dabbling in witchcraft. She received her MA in mathematics from the University of California at Davis in 2003, and eventually landed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she found a comfortable spot copy editing at Mathematical Reviews. There she discovered how much she enjoys trying to make computers bend to her will and thinking about how to design programs so that they can be more easily altered and extended. She’s thrilled to be able to devote more of her time to these pursuits at MSP.
Past adventures include racing an auto rickshaw around the Indonesian National Monument, visiting inmates on death row while interning for a legal aid nonprofit in Texas, and convincing a bouncer to let her backstage to meet Cyndi Lauper after a concert. She enjoys knitting, snuggling with her miniature poodle, following professional tennis, and thinking about gardening.
Joseph D. Flenner has been a production editor with MSP since 2015. He hails from Michigan, where he studied mathematics and linguistics at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate he accidentally became a mathematician, setting out to learn science from its foundations before fully grasping how many lifetimes step one of the master plan would fill.
The same impulse, applied within mathematics, led him to logic, with his research interests focusing on the intersection of model theory and algebra. In 2008, he completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After several postdoctoral years in Indiana, he landed in Virginia, where he is an instructor of mathematics, with editing work filling summers and after hours.
When not teaching, researching, or editing, Joe likes to seek out maximally impractical hobbies, such as learning languages that nobody speaks and musical instruments that are too large to fit in his home.
Logan S. Fox joined MSP in 2022. He was born in Ohio, but has spent as much time living in Indiana, Washington, and Oregon. Although he earned a BS in materials science and engineering at the University of Washington in 2014, he has never worked as an engineer, instead spending a few years as an emergency medical technician before deciding to try graduate school with a focus on mathematics.
Logan earned his PhD in mathematical sciences at Portland State University, and started work with MSP almost immediately after graduation. While he certainly reads plenty of mathematics these days, he still hopes to write a bit of math as well, and occasionally exchanges research ideas with his advisor.
Ian D. Gill joined MSP as a data-integrity specialist in the fall of 2022. He grew up on an island in Alaska (Wrangell Island) where there were more trees than people. He now lives on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (the Island of Hawai’i), where there are also more trees than people.
In between tree-filled islands, Ian wandered around the western United States for a couple of decades, doing seasonal fieldwork in wild places and getting lost in cities. Along the way he collected degrees in poetry and teaching, as well as a Masters in environmental science, for which he conducted research on the foraging behavior of brown bears.
Since wandering into the strange world of publishing about a decade ago, Ian has worked as a science editor, metadata technician, and data librarian. When he’s not doing those sorts of things, he’s probably trying to keep up with his daughter, drinking too much coffee, and playing too much guitar.
Derek S. Habermas grew up in New Jersey, where he tried to pursue his dream of opening his own coffeehouse. Due to a lack of funding and investors, and since the market was saturated (thank you, Starbucks!) he went with his backup plan to earn a PhD in mathematics from the University of Arizona. After nine years as faculty at SUNY Potsdam, he moved to Charleston and started at MSP in 2015.
Besides cooking and caring for his family, he runs races from 5Ks to marathons, with a goal to run a race in every state. Time permitting, he enjoys reading, bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, traveling, playing board games, and brewing his own craft beer.
Conall Hegarty lives in Donegal, on the northwest coast of Ireland. He has a BSc in applied mathematics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He joined MSP in the autumn of 2019 as a production editor.
When not crossing Is and dotting Ts, Conall can be found tending his beehives, battling weeds in the garden or wandering around the surrounding woodlands, beaches and sand dunes with his tireless border collie. He enjoys reading, playing chess and various other board games, baking inedible food and traveling.
Fintan Hegarty is a native of Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. While working on his PhD in computational homology there, he began producing a monthly university chess newsletter. This utterly failed to grab the attention of anyone whose attention he wished to grab at the time, so he started sneaking mathematics into the publication in a valiant effort to increase readership. Surprisingly, that did not work at all, but it did contribute to a fondness for LaTeX, which eventually led to him joining MSP as a copyeditor in 2016.
He has fully embraced the remote-worker lifestyle: traveling excessively and sleeping past noon. When not editing or trying to compose silly puzzles, he likes to play guitar and underwater chess.
Morgan A. Johnson is a marketing communications manager at MSP. Between tasks in the office, she contemplates the relationship between art and mathematics. Before joining MSP, Morgan did things like sell rocks to rock stars at an art shop in the Mission, shoot and edit experimental shorts, and wardrobe for the feature film I believe in unicorns, which premiered at SXSW 2014. Now she edits author metadata more than video. She lives in her hometown of Berkeley with her four-year-old son Zeke, and they enjoy camping, cooking together, and growing vegetables and flowers.
Silvio V. F. Levy is MSP’s director of publishing. He was born in 1959 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received an MA in mathematics from the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in 1979 and a PhD in mathematics from Princeton University under William Thurston in 1985. In 1988 he became the second staff member for the Geometry Supercomputer Project, which would later become the Geometry Center. He joined the staff of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in 1995 as an editor and librarian.
Silvio considers his chief professional goal to be “to further the communication of mathematics, by both traditional and novel means.” He is an expert in TeX and LaTeX and speaks several languages. He joined MSP in 2004 as the main copyeditor for the Pacific Journal of Mathematics. Today, Silvio manages the production of MSP journals, and trains new copyeditors to edit and format manuscripts according to MSP’s specifications.
Silvio Levy’s work represents for me the gold standard of mathematical copyediting.
Andrew J. Livingston knows a little bit about programming, which is good because he’s been a software developer at MSP since 2016. He knows a little bit (emphasis on little) about a lot of other things, including music, animals, quantum physics, history, chemistry, nineteenth-century Russian literature, science fiction, valuations and ultrametric spaces, and the LucasArts adventure-game catalog. And since human nature abhors a narrative vacuum, he’ll happily tell you how any two of those things fit together.
When he’s not working (and sometimes when he is) he usually has a cat hanging off of him. He might also be trying to understand Haskell by way of type theory, or reading a book on Judaism or early Christianity. There’s a better than even chance he’s listening to a podcast or watching a video lecture series. Unless it’s April, in which case he’s probably playing the latest release in the Dark Souls series.
Sikimeti Ma’u joined MSP as a production editor in 2015. Originally from the islands of Tonga in the South Pacific, she was an undergraduate in Auckland, New Zealand, where by studiously avoiding essays and experiments she turned into a mathematician. She moved to New Jersey for graduate school at Rutgers University, and received a PhD in mathematics in 2008. After spending several exciting years as a postdoc in the hyperactive field of symplectic topology, based mostly in Berkeley, she moved to Italy.
She now lives with her family on an island in the Venice lagoon. She teaches math in Venice and Verona, edits math wherever she happens to be, and occasionally works on more concrete things, like sewing or basketry for her own pleasure, or making playdough for someone else’s. The Dolomites are nearby for hiking and skiing, and she’s quite a fan of the Italian way of enjoying the great outdoors — no matter how long or grueling a hike is, it always ends at a mountain hut with a fabulous restaurant.
Emily L. Monge joined MSP in December 2019 as a data-integrity specialist. Known for alphabetizing her spice rack and organizing her closet in rainbow order, she’s suited to the detailed nature of the work. She notices when things are “not right” and will make sure to tell you when your socks don’t match your outfit. But in a nice way.
She hails from the Mitten State (a.k.a. Michigan), which means she will let you know where she lives by pointing to the center of her open palm. She received her degree in apparel merchandising and design, and although she isn’t working in that field currently, she uses the principles she learned to manage her household and her family’s wardrobe. In her free time you might find her roaming the aisles of Target, or pining for the ever-elusive naps that she loved … before she had a family.
Sheila S. Newbery has been an MSP production editor since 2007. She has worked on preparing manuscripts for publication for over 25 years, in disciplines ranging from art history (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York) to astrophysics (freelance work for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series).
Sheila is also a photographer, and is currently working on an artist’s book of platinum-palladium prints. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows across the country. Her editorial portraiture has appeared in publications such as Der Spiegel, School Library Journal and Classical Music Magazine (UK), among others. She is keenly interested in music, and serves on the board of the San Francisco-based chamber group Voices of Music.
Emmy E. Pierce is MSP’s operations manager. She is responsible for managing the office, processing subscriptions, researching directions for MSP’s growth and development, and generally taking care of business. She joined our team in 2011, and her outstanding organizational skills have considerably increased our administrative efficiency.
Emmy is a graduate of Amherst College, Massachusetts, where she took exactly one math-related class (it was actually a theater course); gave class presentations on “Pokémon” franchise; and wrote her honors thesis on the anime films of Mamoru Oshii. She is deeply interested in media production, and has produced several audio segments for KPFA and the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, as an associate producer and staff writer, respectively. Currently, she spends most of her free time reading, drawing, writing, and occasionally auditioning for community theater.
Qutub Uddin Sajib was born and raised in a small village of Bangladesh. In his high school days, unlike his friends, Qutub developed a “bad” habit of reading books from their very first pages including commas and spaces. His childhood fascination, which he would later mess up with, was in mathematics, art, electronics, architecture, and music.
During the years at University of Dhaka for graduation, Qutub missed mathematics and found LaTeX to save his brain and mind. Feeling lost, he later went to China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) for PhD. There, on a colorless night, Qutub tried LaTeX once again; this time he met Silvio, whose supervision helped Qutub discover colors in Linux, emacs, and of course, TeX. Qutub finished his PhD in environmental sciences and engineering in 2020 and thought he’d had enough trying things that do not interest him. He moved back to his country, stopped wandering against his will, and joined MSP in the same year.
Working as a production editor at MSP, Qutub embraces his old school bad habit as a precious one, and feels some sort of (spiritual) connection with R. J. Drofnats (The TeXbook, p. 24). When not editing for MSP, Qutub can be found trying to fill the voids in Bangla typography with TeX. In his nonTeXnical moments, Qutub can be seen listening to music, watching movies, or messing up with new recipes in the kitchen.
Alexandru Scorpan is MSP’s executive director. He was born near the shores of the Black Sea, in Romania, and arrived in the United States in 1997. In 2003, he received a PhD in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley under Rob Kirby, then pursued an academic career. During a postdoc at the University of Florida, he wrote a well-received 600-page monograph, The Wild World of 4-Manifolds, surveying topology in dimension 4. He finally admitted, “I’m not a puzzle-solver,” and abandoned the research track, but continued to teach college mathematics for several years.
Alex became involved with MSP in 2006, at first doing copyediting and design work. He returned to Berkeley and joined MSP full-time in mid-2010. He’s promised that one day he’ll finish writing that novel about Nero.
Sean R. Sovine grew up in Charleston, WV. In 2008 he completed a degree in music composition from Marshall University and then spent a year teaching guitar and doing various other jobs. He then decided it would be a good idea to return to school for computer science, since he had always enjoyed computers and mathematics as a kid. He returned to Marshall in 2009 for computer science, and picked up a double major in mathematics along the way, graduating in 2013. After working as a mathematician and programmer for the Army Corps of Engineers for several years and learning more math in his spare time, he decided to dive into mathematics head first and enrolled in a graduate program. He completed his Masters in mathematics with a thesis in logic from Marshall University in 2017, and then received his PhD from Virginia Tech in 2022 with a dissertation in harmonic analysis. After graduating, Sean decided that pursuing a career in academia wasn’t for him, and since he always enjoyed working with computers, that he would return to software development. Being a LaTeX enthusiast throughout his mathematical career and a collector of well-crafted textbooks and articles, Sean was very happy to find a job with MSP that allows him to work on computer software and be closely involved with mathematical publishing. Sean joined MSP in summer 2022.
In his spare time, Sean enjoys reading on a wide range of topics, and can usually be found with his head in a book or gazing intently at the Kindle reader app on his Samsung Galaxy. Right now his favorite topics to read about include history, the history and philosophy of science, science fiction, economics, philosophy, and biographies of interesting thinkers and creators from the recent and more distant past. Aside from reading, Sean enjoys taking walks, learning how to cook, taking care of his three rambunctious cats, and spending time with his awesome girlfriend Shelby. And of course he also enjoys learning more math, and hopes to eventually get comfortable with the basic ideas in many of its subfields.
James E. Tipton spent the early years of his life in a small Californian town hidden between orange groves and oil fields. Having no zest for physical labor, he completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at California State University Fresno in 2011, and his PhD in mathematics at the University of Iowa in 2016. He was a postdoc at the University of Montana for one year, and a faculty member of Hampton University for five years. In a surprise twist, he left Hampton University for Norfolk State University in 2022, the same year he joined MSP. When James is not working, he spends time with his wife, two daughters, and dog. His hobbies include gaming, chess, drumming, and fantasizing about reviewing his old math texts.
Adam D. Towsley began as a production editor for MSP in the spring of 2016. He received a BA in mathematics from Cornell University. Upon graduating he followed a girl (now his wife) to Nashville TN, where he lived and taught mathematics. In 2007 he dragged his wife back to cold and snowy upstate NY to get a PhD in arithmetic dynamics from the University of Rochester.
Since graduating, Adam has spent time at several colleges and universities before landing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches mathematics while not editing for MSP. Outside of mathematics he spends most of his time chasing his two young sons, cooking, traveling, and trying to watch Mets games.
Matthew B. Tucker-Simmons came to California in 2005 for mathematics, but stayed for love (of many things, including avocados, the nice climate, and especially his wonderful wife Lisa). He finished his PhD on topics of quantum algebra and noncommutative geometry at Berkeley in 2013.
Matt joined MSP as a production editor in the spring of 2014, after several months of post-PhD aimless wandering (spiritual, not physical). The job allowed him to exercise his LaTeX skills, to keep on tweaking his .emacs file, and to keep his eye on developments in mathematics from a safe distance, all while giving him time to pursue interests like baking, making yogurt, fermenting things, and feeling self-righteous about his food choices. After two years of supervising the production of our journals Geometry & Topology and Algebraic & Geometric Topology, he has made the leap to the software team, where he hopes to fix more bugs than he introduces.
Matt, his labor-organizer wife, and their (objectively) adorable children recently moved to Matt's native homeland of Canada, the land of polar bears, politeness, and single-payer healthcare. But they'll always keep California in their hearts.
Elizabeth A. Weaver is a native of Illinois and grew up close to St. Louis, Missouri. This has endowed her with a love of Cardinals’ baseball and toasted ravioli. She attended college in Cape Girardeau, which is now worth mentioning since the movie Gone Girl was filmed there. She finished her PhD on algebraic coding theory in 2012 at the University of Kentucky, where her advisor taught her how to be a mathematician, and she taught her advisor about the rudiments of American culture, such as the joy of funfetti cupcakes and how to pronounce “Chicago”.
Elizabeth has been an MSP production editor since 2014, and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband Dennis, who is also a mathematician. She never planned on spending so many years in Kentucky, but has grown to love it there. She enjoys the great food, fantastic fireworks, and has been indoctrinated into the Big Blue Nation — Go Wildcats!
Erika A. Willaford joined MSP as a production copyeditor in 2016. Erika grew some of the abilities she uses as a copyeditor from seeds planted by two strong women. The first of the two, her mother, introduced Erika to the joy of numbers. The second, a notoriously stern teacher in Erika's elementary school, taught Erika and her classmates the elements of English grammar in what was, even decades ago, an old-school style. Unlike many of her peers, Erika loved it.
Erika’s academic and professional career in mathematics led her
from her childhood home of Pennsylvania through northeast Ohio and northern Indiana (Go Irish!)
finally to the Pacific Northwest, where she has lived since 2007.
Erika enjoys hiking with her husband;
as of October 2016, they are roughly 2,600 miles short of completing the Pacific Crest Trail.
The two make faster progress buying and playing eurogames and deck-building games.
Erika also enjoys making vegetarian meals, homemade jokes and
bad puns. Erika also enjoys making vegetarian meals, homemade jokes,
and bad puns.
MSP bibliographer Chris A. Williams (“Willie”) grew up in the hardscrabble suburbs of Detroit. He earned an English degree from Oakland University in 2002, and somehow decided that qualified him to start a record label. This is why his parents’ basement contains literally thousands of unsold CDs of his home recordings. In 2004, he came to his senses and landed in the copyediting room at Mathematical Reviews, where he learned LaTeX and developed a fascination with the odd perseverance of “notorious plagiarist” Dănuț Marcu. (The reviews of his publications on MathSciNet are seriously delightful.) Chris eventually moved to Maine to be with a gal he fell in love with online, marry her, and adopt a series of adorably goofy animals together. When he first started doing bibliography work for MSP in 2016, Silvio suggested he learn about Unix. Chris immediately baffled a local bookstore owner who thought he’d asked, “Do you have any instructional books about eunuchs?”
Chris is a chronic music geek, and co-hosts a podcast called Discord & Rhyme, on which he and his friends talk through their favorite albums, song by song. (If you ask Chris a question about practical knowledge like home maintenance or nutrition, a giant cartoon question mark will appear over his head and he'll feel a little scared. However, if you mention, say, the indie-rock band Yo La Tengo, I hope you've packed a lunch, because he will not stop yammering for hours.)