Kathryn Weld

Adjunct, Mathematics

Kathryn Weld received her PH.D. (in Algebraic Topology) from the CUNY Graduate Center, and her M.F.A. from Sewanee School of Letters. She has published research articles in Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Graph Theory. Recently her interests have turned to applications involving Topological Data Analysis. An Assistant Editor, subject editor and member of the Editorial Board of PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, Issue in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, she was a guest editor for the PRIMUS: Special Issue on Capstone Courses.  In additon to her mathematical interests, Weld has a personal curiosity about mathematics and art. Her chapbook, "Waking Light" is published by Kattywompus Press. Her poems and prose have appeared in the Midwest Quarterly; the Southeast Review; the Bellevue Literary Review; Valpairaso Poetry Review; The Cortland Review; The Critical Flame, and others. She enjoys backpacking, peak bagging and canyoneering, and spends summers in a rustic family home in the Adirondacks.


Ph.D. Algebraic Topology, The Graduate Center CUNY

M.F.A. Creative Writing-Poetry Sewanee School of Letters, Univerisity of the South

B.A. Mathematics, Potsdam College SUNY

Courses Taught

  • Math 155-156 Calculus for Life Science I-II
  • Math 185-186 Calculus I-II
  • Math 230 Elementary Statistics
  • Math 243 Discrete Foundations
  • Math 285 Intermediate Calculus
  • Math 286 Differential Equations
  • Math 272-471 Linear Algebra I-II
  • Math 387 Analysis I
  • Math 377-478 Algebra I-II
  • Math 464 Topology
  • Math 489 Problem Seminar
  • Math 490 Complex Analysis
  • MATG 571 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATG 564 Topology


  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • Kathryn Weld. Waking Light, Kattywompus Press 2019.
    • Kathryn Weld. The Critical Flame.  Fall 2018. Chamelion Poet: The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter, by Gillian Cummings.
    • Kathryn Weld. Review of "A History of Gone," by Lynn Schmeidler. Connotations Press, spring 2018. #https://www.connotationpress.com/book-review/3267-book-review-a-history-of-gone-by-lynn-schmeidler
    • Rash, A. and Weld, K. Editors. PRIMUS: Special Issue on Capstone Courses, May 10, 2013.
    • Rash, A. and Weld, K. The Capstone Course: Origins, Goals, Methods and Issues. PRIMUS, Special Issue on the Capstone Course. May 10, 2013, pp. 291-296.
    • Gerhardt, I, and Weld, K. One Size Can Fit All: A Problem Solving Capstone Course. PRIMUS, Special Issue on the Capstone Course. May 10, 2013, pp. 326-346

    • McCabe, J. and Weld, K. Automorphisms of Cayley Graphs, and Irregular Groups. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics Vol. 51 (2011) pp. 157–173.

    • Goldstone, R.; McCabe, J. Weld, K.. Ambiguous Groups and Cayley Graphs: A Problem in Differentiating Between Opposites. Mathematics Magazine, VOL. 83, NO. 5, DECEMBER 2010 pp 347—358.

    • Goldstone, R. and Weld, K. Graphically Abelian Groups, Discrete Mathematics 310 (2010), pp. 2806-2810
    • McCabe, J. and Weld, K. On an Inverse Cayley Problem, Australasian Journal of Combinatorics. Volume 45, October 2009. pp. 263-276
    • Weld, K: Book review: Count Down, Six Kids Vie for Glory at the Worlds Toughest Math Competition, by Steve Olsen. Reviewed for “READ THIS”, MAA Reviews on-line, November 9 2004. http://www.maa.org/reviews/countdown.html 
    • Weld, Kathryn. Using Perfect Problems to Enhance Cooperative Learning in Abstract Algebra, PRIMUS, Sept. 1999.
    • Weld, Kathryn. Splines and Roller Coasters: A Calculus Project with Maple. PRIMUS. June 1996
    • Weld, K.  Computability, Homotopy, and Twisted Cartesian Products; Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 108, no 4, p. 1073-1076. April, 1990.
    • Weld, K. Computability of Homotopy Groups of Nilpotent Complexes, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, vol. 48, p. 39-53. Jan. 1987. 
    • Weld, K. Book Review: “Mathematics, the Loss of Certainty”, by Morris Kline. Material for Thought, Far West Publishers. Fall, 1986.
    • Weld, K.  "Why Do Mathematics?" In-house publication, SUNY Potsdam, 1985. 

    CMJ Media Highlights

    • "Titans Clash Ovr Epic Proof of the ABC Conjecture." Quanta Magazine. Four is not Enough." Quanta Magazine."Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece". Quanta Magazine. "PRIMUS: Special Issue of Improving Teaching and Learning of the Calculus." "Simple SET Proof Stuns Mathematicians."  "How to Cut Cake Fairly and Eat it Too." Quanta Magazine. "Journal of Humanisitic Mathematics, Special Issue:The Nature and Experience of Mathematical Beauty." "PRIMUS: Special Issue on the Flipped Classroom.  "Complete Graphs in the Rubaiyat" and "Differential Equations in Literature, Poetry and Film." Journal of Mathematics and Art. "Tartaglia's Poetic Solution to the Cubic." Journal of Mathematics and Art.

    Talks Given

    • Why Topology is Useful for Data Analysis. 3 talks for the Manhattan College Colloqium, Jan-Feb 2019.
    • SAT and MCAT Data, An Introductory Statistics Research Project for Students in non-STEM fields. Joint Meetings AMS-MAA, MAA Special Session on Innovative Methods for Teaching Statistics, January 2016
    • Rationality as a Threshold for the Evolution of Cooperation, Mathfest, August 2010, Pittsburgh PA.
    • On Groups Admitting a Cayley Prism Map, Special Session on Graph Theory at Mathfest, Portland Oregon, August 8, 2009.
    • Ambiguous Groups and Cayley Graphs, Marist Mathematics Seminar, Marist College, Poughkeepsie NY, April 25, 2008
    • Mathematical Truth, Reality and the Poetic Imagination, Invited talk delivered to Firehouse Craftsmen, Sparkill NY, February 23, 2008
    • A Note on Graphically Abelian Groups, Special Session on Graph Theory at Mathfest, San Diego Ca. August 2, 2007.
    • Ambiguous Groups, Cayley Graphs and Mirrors, Invited Talk, Beloit College Mathematics Colloquium, Feb 22, 2007
    • Making Beauty Out of Almost Nothing: Symmetry Groups and Tilings, Honors Enrichment Colloquium, Manhattan College, September 2005.
    • Project NEXT Panel Discussion on Undergraduate Research,  National Meeting of the AMS-MAA, January 2004, Phoenix AZ
    • Outreach Programs for Women and Girls: Early Lessons from Math Zone, NYSMATC regional meeting, Oct. 22, 2000 Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY 
    • Mathzone, Poster Session “Outreach Programs for Women and Girls, National Meeting of the AMS-MAA, Washington D.C, January 19, 2000. 
    • Assessing Technology as a Teaching Tool: Panel Discussion, 10th International Conference on Technology in College Mathematics, Nov 3, 1996, Chicago, Ill.
    • Accreditation of Computer Science and the Small College, Panel Discussion. Eastern Small Colleges Conference on Computing North East,  Northeastern University, Boston, MA , April 1996
    • The Manhattan College Maple Project, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education, Anaheim, California; June, 1995.
    • Computability of Homotopy Groups, An Overview of Computability Problems in Algebraic Topology, Seminar in General Topology and Topological Algebra, The City College of CUNY, December 13, 1990

    Links to some Poetry

  • Professional Experience and Memberships
    • 2014-2019  Graduate Director, Mathematics
    • 2015-Present Co-Chair Faculty Welfare Committee
    • 2013-2014: Chair, Department of Mathematics, Manhattan College
    • 2010-2013 Chair of the Council for Faculty Affairs.
    • 1992-present: Assistant-Associate-Full Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Manhattan College, Riverdale NY
    • 1994-1999: Department Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science, Manhattan College.
    • 1984-1988: Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY


    • American Mathematical Society
    • Mathematical Association of America

    Subject Editor, PRIMUS:Problems, Issues, Resources in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, published by Taylor and Francis.

  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    Honors & Awards

    • Finalist, The Gearhart Poetry Prize, 2013
    • Finalist, The Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2014.
    • Spuyten Duyvil Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Grant from the NSF- MAA , 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
    • A Mathematics Club for Middle School Girls, C. Fitzpatrick and K. Weld, Awarded by the Tensor Foundation with the MAA. June 1999-June 2000. Renewed 2000-2001.
    • The Creation of a Computer Based Differential Equations Course. Pew Sciences Foundation. 1992-93. Written by J De Franza, C. Stolze and K. Weld.  Principal Investigators: J. DeFranza, D. Giarruso, C. Stolze and T. Smith and K. Weld. Joint project with St. Lawrence University.
    • A Computer Based Statistics Course for Biology Majors, Summer Research Grant. 1992. Manhattan College Howard Hughes Grant.
    • Reforming the Major, Manhattan College School of Arts and Sciences grant proposal, Association of American Colleges, summer 1992, written by L. Basch, L. Panaro and K. Weld.