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Moon Duchin is a mathematician at Tufts University, where she is also a senior fellow in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and directs the interdisciplinary program in Science, Technology, and Society. Duchin’s research in pure math lies in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She has studied nilpotent geometry, random walks, random groups, and rigidity theorems for surfaces and billiards. She is also interested in the social studies of science, particularly the role of expertise, authority, intuition, and proof.
Duchin is currently engaged in a long-term project on the geometry of gerrymandering, an application of mathematics to civil rights. She has worked to build a national network of collaborators doing wide-ranging work on mathematical and computational interventions in electoral redistricting.
Duchin concentrated in mathematics and women’s studies at Harvard College and received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago. She recently served as a consulting expert for the governor of Pennsylvania in the court-mandated push to redraw the congressional map. She holds an award from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow.