# Pamela E. Harris

**Pamela Estephania Harris** (born November 28, 1983) is a Mexican-American mathematician, educator and advocate for immigrants. She is an associate professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and co-founder of the online platform Lathisms.[1] She is also an editor of the e-mentoring blog of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).[2]

Pamela E. Harris | |
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Born | November 28, 1983 |

Alma mater | Marquette University University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee |

Awards | Mathematical Association of America Henry L. Alder Award (2019) Karen EDGE Fellow (2020) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematician |

Institutions | Williams College |

Thesis | Combinatorial problems related to Kostant’s weight multiplicity formula (2012) |

Doctoral advisor | Jeb Willenbring |

## Early life and career

Harris first emigrated with her family from Mexico to the United States when she was 8 years old.[3][4] They returned to Mexico, before eventually settling in Wisconsin when Harris was 12.[3][5] Because she was undocumented, she could not attend university.[6][5] Instead, she studied at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she earned two associate degrees in two and a half years.[5][6] After she married a US citizen and her immigration status changed, she transferred to Marquette University, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics.[6][3] She went on to complete her master's degree and in 2012 a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her PhD dissertation was advised by Jeb F. Willenbring.[7] Harris was a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow in 2012.[8] She was a Davies Research Fellow at the United States Military Academy,[3][5] and, in 2016, joined the faculty at Williams College[9][5] where she is now an associate professor.[10]

Harris studies algebraic combinatorics, in particular the representation of Lie algebras.[5] In order to understand this representation she studies vector partition functions, in particular Kostant's partition function.[3] She is also interested in graph theory and number theory.[9] In 2016 she co-founded an online platform called 'Lathisms' which aims to promote the contributions of Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences.[1][3] In 2020 she co-authored the book "Asked and Answered: Dialogues On Advocating For Students of Color in Mathematics".[11] Harris, along with Aris Winger, run a podcast, Mathematically Uncensored, through the Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences. Starting in October 2020, they discussed current issues in mathematics that minorities encounter.[12]

## Recognition

In 2020, Harris was selected as part of the inaugural class of Karen EDGE Fellows.[13] In 2019, Harris won the Mathematical Association of America Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member,[14] for her mentorship towards undergraduate research and for being a "fierce advocate for a diverse and inclusive mathematics community."[15] She further received the early career Faculty Mentor Award from the Council of Undergraduate Research in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division.[9]

She gave one of the Mathematical Association of America Invited Addresses at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings.[16] In 2019 she was a featured speaker at the national conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).[6][17][18] She was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, in the 2022 class of fellows, "for contributions to algebraic combinatorics, for mentorship of undergraduate researchers, and for contributions to a more equitable and inclusive mathematical community".[19] In 2022 she will become a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics, "For exceptional leadership in establishing programs and mentoring networks that support, encourage, and advance women and underrepresented minorities in the mathematical sciences; and for contributions through public speaking that create positive systemic change in the culture and climate of the mathematics profession."[20]

In 2018 Harris was featured in the book *Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics*.[4][17]

## References

- "Check out the Lathisms website, co-founded by Professor Harris!".
*Mathematics & Statistics*. Retrieved January 18, 2020. - "About the Editors".
*e-Mentoring Network*. January 25, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2020. - Williams, Talithia (October 23, 2019). "Spotlight on: Pamela Harris".
*Chalkdust*. Retrieved January 18, 2020. - Williams, Talithia (2018). "Pamela E. Harris (b. November 28, 1983): Improving Diversity on the Mathematical Sciences".
*Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics*. Race Point Publishing. pp. 192–195. ISBN 978-0-7603-6028-6. - Cortez, Ricardo; Ardila, Federico (September 1, 2018). "Pamela Harris: The Mathematical Rise and Social Contribution of a Dreamer" (PDF).
*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*.**65**(8): 1. doi:10.1090/noti1723. - Serrato Marks, Gabriela (January 16, 2020). "Five facts about Pamela E. Harris, Mexican-American mathematician and educator of "leaders of character"".
*Massive Science*. Retrieved January 17, 2020. - Pamela E. Harris at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "Fellow Search Form | Mathematical Association of America".
*www.maa.org*. Retrieved January 18, 2020. - "CUR Math/CS Division Selects 2019 Faculty Mentor Awardees | General News – News | Council on Undergraduate Research".
*www.cur.org*. Retrieved January 18, 2020. - "Faculty".
*Mathematics & Statistics*. - "Asked and Answered".
*www.goodreads.com*. Retrieved March 18, 2021. - "Mathematically Uncensored".
*The Aperiodical*. Retrieved March 18, 2021. - "2020 Inaugural Class of Karen EDGE Fellows".
- "Henry L. Alder Award". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
- "Henry L. Alder Awards - Pamela Harris" (PDF).
*Mathematical Association of America - Henry L. Alder Award*. Retrieved July 12, 2020. - "Joint Mathematics Meetings 2019". Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- "Keynote Speakers – SACNAS". Archived from the original on October 29, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
- "SACNAS Announces Keynote & Featured Speakers for 2019 SACNAS - The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Hawai'i".
*SACNAS*. August 13, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2020. - "2022 Class of Fellows of the AMS". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
- "2022 Class of AWM Fellows".
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## External links

- Personal webpage
- Curriculum vitae
- Meet a Mathematician! Video interview
- Carrington, Léolène (January 22, 2018). "#WCWinSTEM: Pamela E. Harris, Ph.D. (interview)".
*Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM*.