Kenneth Barrese

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Combinatorics and Graph Theory

I joined Bucknell in 2016 after spending two years as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Michgan School of Public Health.

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University, Ph.D.
  • Oregon State University H.B.S./H.B.A.

Research interests

My main research interest is in the field of enumerative combinatorics, which is a fancy way of saying ""counting things."" I count ways of putting rooks, the chess piece, on strange shapped chess boards so that no two rooks are in the same row or column. The way that I ""count"" these things is by making the number of different ways the coefficient in a polynomial, then studying the properties of that polynomial.

Teaching Interests

My enthusiasm for mathematics stems from my enjoyment of formal, rational thought, which ties together my dual undergraduate degrees in mathematics and philosophy. As such, I am happy as a duck in water to teach most any ""pure mathematics"" course, especially those dealing most closely in formal logic. I also have a great love of statistics, because of how powerfully useful it is as a way to interperet reality through the lens of rational thought. Lately I have been working to develop my competence with active learning pedogogical styles, under the dual assumptions that practice is how one improves at a skill, and that it is more interesting to do something than to me told about it.


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