Irena Swanson '87
Professor of Mathematics
Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Irena Swanson '87 received her Ph.D. in mathematics in 1992 from Purdue University. She had a postdoctoral position at University of Michigan, and then worked at New Mexico State University before joining Reed College as a faculty member in 2005. She finds Reed as attractive to her as a professor as it was to her as a student: the love of interesting and contagious learning is palpable and real. She finds seeing students in a classroom seriously engaged in material and working with seniors on their theses especially rewarding. Her research area is in commutative and computational algebra. She is a co-author (with Craig Huneke) of the graduate-level textbook Integral Closure of Ideals, Rings, and Modules (published by Cambridge University Press in 2006). She is the author of 40 publications listed on MathSciNet, and has in addition written many course notes for several classes. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Commutative Algebra, and she is a co-moderator of the commutative algebra section of arXiv (open access to over a million e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics).