Talks at Joint Math Meetings

I gave two (yes, two) talks at the Joint Math Meetings this week, and they both have prezi’s. The first talk was about my work using game theory to model gendered division of labor in parenting young children. This prezi is below (or click here to view at prezi.com), and the work will be appearing soon in the journal Rationality and Society.

The second talk was on shame and mathematics — what it is and what we can do about it. You can see that prezi below (or click here to view at prezi.com). If you have comments, questions, or just want to talk about this work, I’m very excited about it, so leave me a comment!

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Getting ready for the fall

This week I am working on getting ready for my fall classes — creating syllabi to publish online, figuring out pacing and rough content, deciding how I will be grading and structuring classes. It’s fun work and gets me excited about the semester.

I’m teaching a new course this semester in game theory. We’re going to cover both combinatorial game theory and “regular” game theory, and the course is aimed at a beginning level. My biggest struggle right now is figuring out what I can reasonably accomplish in this topic with this audience. We’re going to start the semester with combinatorial game theory, so I hope to get them playing lots of games from the start. About half-way through, we’ll switch to the more traditional game theory topics. In this second part of the course, my aim is to have a lot of interesting discussions rather than to be too technical — I want to get them thinking about rational decision-making in a broad sense and give them an idea of how game theory addresses decision-making and strategies.

I’m also teaching abstract algebra and calculus I this semester, and those courses are in preparation as well. And I still have plenty of time to get distracted in making websites.

Paper Published

I recently had a paper published in the College Math Journal, called “Who Does the Housework?” It’s partially an introduction to game theory, using it to understand negotiations between roommates or spouses around household chores. No particular mathematics background is need to read it, and I am currently thinking about ways I can get the work out to a non-mathematical audience.

I was thrilled to see the work in print, and I’m now excited about digging into what I think of as the “second half” of this paper, which is on division of childcare labor. The math is a little fancier, but not much, and I need to find a suitable home for the work!

If you want to take a look at the paper, here it is!