I’m MathDwight, the people’s mathematician!
<Warning! It was extremely hot, and I was sweating profusely during the interview! But the content’s fire, too…> (Vita)
My name is Dwight Anderson Williams II, PhD, a mathematical researcher specializing in supermathematics, especially the study of superalgebras and investigations into the intersection of representation theory with mathematical physics.
I’m also a researcher on equity analyzing the journeys and experiences of people who are racially and ethnically minoritized within the field of mathematics..
Word? Word! But you may be more interested in my project with Kevin Harris called What is Math and ways we can contribute to your learning of a wonderful discipline when the people and the content are welcoming and exciting!
As an educator and thinker, it is scholarly diligence that implores me to understand my efforts in the light of societal and historical contexts. As a Black man, this awareness is tantamount to survival or, perhaps, sanity. The Black mathematician I am asks, “How do I maneuver through this world when things aren’t adding up?” Ultimately, I have to die a Black person; I subscribe to live as one at that.
So alongside my sponsored development in quantitative studies, the above calls me to do mathematics and teach people about mathematics with the direction of a mission-inspired claim, with the compass of a regularly calibrated axiomatic practice, and with the recording of helpful landmarks and reminders: Love for the othered.
And, oh yeah, ball is life!