Mathematics and Motherhood

Two members of the Mathematics Department — new assistant professor Elizabeth Gross and postdoc Piper Harron — have papers in the current issue of the  Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (, a Special Issue on Mathematics and Motherhood .

Dr. Gross wrote “PB&J,”  which explores pregnancy in graduate school, parenting on the tenure-track, division of household labor, and sandwiches.

In “On Contradiction,” Dr. Harron exposes the challenges faced by marginalized parents and the problems inherent in separating our lives into “mathematics” and “everything else” (including the problems inherent in separate journals, special issues like this one, and dedicated panels for the “life” parts).

Strong parallels between the very different pieces emerge, including the incredible time demands of parenthood, the importance of supportive colleagues, and hilarious stories from the trenches (including the photographic reenactment shown from Harron’s piece).

Read Dr. Gross’s essay here:

Read Dr. Harron’s essay here: