Eva Curry

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Acadia University

Adjunct Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
and Faculty of Graduate Studies
Dalhousie University

Contact Teaching Research Math for Social Justice Curriculum Vitae Links


Office: Huggins Science Hall 155
Phone: (902) 585-1793
Email: eva.curry@acadiau.ca
Mailing Address: Eva Curry
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Acadia University
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6

Email is the best way to contact me.

Office hours:
(Fall 2011)
Or by appointment


Current courses:
I will be on sabbatical for the 2012/2013 academic year.

Past courses: Acadia University: Math1013 (Calculus I), Math1023 (Calculus II), Math1333 (Intro. Linear Algebra), Math 3303 (Algebra I), Math 3533 (Real Analysis I), Math3543 (Complex Variables), Math4513 (Intro. Topology), Math4763 (Signal Processing and Analysis), Math5843 (Complex Analysis), Math5863 (Topics in Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory I and II)

Dalhousie University: Calculus I, Advanced Calculus I, Intro. Complex Variables, Functional Analysis

Rutgers University: Differential Equations

Math4ME Workshop on programming in StarLogo (University of Maine)

Students Supervised:

Teaching Resources:

Sarah-Marie Belcastro's Project NExT talk on Using Class Time Well
Peer instruction
Dan Meyer's blog and TED talk


I study digital representations for vectors, a research area at the intersection of ergodic number theory and topology, with connections to wavelet theory. A radix representation (also called a number system), such as base 10 or base 2 (binary) representations in one dimension, is one example of a digital representation. In a multidimensional radix representation, we have a base and a set of digits. The base must be an expanding, square matrix A with integer entries, called a dilation matrix. The digit set is a complete set of coset representatives of Zn / AZn. We consider integer vectors that can be written as a finite sum of positive powers of the base multiplied by digits, and real vectors that can be written as a (possibly infinite) sum of negative powers of the base multiplied by digits. Questions that I am interested in related to this construction include: My PhD was in multidimensional wavelet theory with probability, which led to my current research interests. In addition to this initial shift, since my research is very interdisciplinary (within mathematics - involving linear algebra, analysis and probability, topology and fractals, number theory, and even a little graph theory - and with some connections to theoretical computer science), I am continuously branching out into new areas of study. My other mathematical interests include: Here is an overview of my research in slides.

Mathematical Publications:

Recent Invited Talks:

Math Research with Social Justice Applications

There is a common perception, most famously expressed by the mathematician G.H.~Hardy, that applications of mathematics only "accentuate the existing inequalities in the distribution of wealth, or more directly promote the destruction of human life." [Hardy, "A Mathematician's Apology"] In other words, Hardy claimed that applied mathematics was antithetical to the pursuit of social justice, that is, working to change our political, economic, and social structures to achieve more even distributions of wealth and political power and to eliminate oppression. A glance at the non-academic employers in mathematical job listings reinforces this conclusion. That young mathematicians may find their non-academic job options either uninteresting or inconsistent with their personal ethics, as Hardy did, has serious consequences for the profession, and for the direction of applied mathematics research.

Yet applied mathematics research is, indeed, done in areas that could be considered supportive of social justice goals. Different funding levels for different applications combined with the fact that many are in newer areas, such as climate modeling or voting theory, mean that many mathematicians and students are less aware of such research. A few examples were presented at a panel discussion that I organized at the January, 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, LA. However, much work is still needed to identify open research problems and opportunities for mathematicians to collaborate with non-mathematicians on applied research projects that have a social justice focus.

Stay tuned for more information, including a web site dedicated to the Mathematics of Social Justice.


Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Acadia University

Sage open source mathematics software
WeBWorK open source online homework system
SENCER, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities
ACMMaC Acadia Centre for Mathematical Modeling and Computation
ACEnet Atlantic Computational Excellence Network
Harrison McCain Award Fund (Acadia University)

Guide to Tenants Rights in Nova Scotia (maintained by Dalhousie Legal Aid)
Dalhousie Legal Aid Service