Hello! My name is Emilee Cardin, and I am a Ph.D.student in mathematics at the University of Michigan. I earned my B.S. in mathematics with a minor in philosophy at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. For my undergraduate honors thesis, I studied representation theory with Professor Pierre Clare. We focused on the holomorphic discrete series representations of SL(2, R) and their connection to Rankin-Cohen brackets. For my master's thesis, I worked in complex dynamics, studying multiplier spectra of rational functions on the Riemann sphere with Professor Sarah Koch. I am still currently deciding which field I will study during my Ph.D.
More personally, I am from a rural town in southwestern Virginia, so as you might guess, I did not expect to study advanced mathematics for my career when I graduated high school, much less attend graduate school. Quite frankly, I would not have made it here without the tremendous help of many teachers, professors, and mentors along the way. In return, my biggest professional goal is to be an educator who builds inclusive communities, both in and out of mathematics. To that end, I focus a lot of energy on inclusive and trauma-informed teaching practices. I ask my students to hold me accountable to these values, as they always have much to teach me. I also attend both LCIT and GSI LCIT to trade ideas and resources about inclusive teaching. My favorite way to practice inclusion in mathematics is at BEAM summer camps. This organization has given me some of my most rewarding summers. I welcome any opportunity to include others in all parts of the mathematical community.