Dr. Aigli Papantonopoulou, known to her students as “Dr. P.,” is a professor of mathematics at the College. She attended Barnard College for her undergraduate studies, and then attained her Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in algebraic geometry. Algebraic geometry is Dr. P’s passion. She enjoys being able to write down relationships and solving those equations. She sees equations as tangible representations of abstract mathematics.
After finishing her Ph.D., Dr. P. completed two post-doctoral studies, one at the University of Pennsylvania, and the second at Bryn Mawr College. She then traveled back to home country of Greece for one year, and then she returned to the United States.
Ironically, Dr. P. was a physics major as an undergraduate. She realized that she only liked physics because of the intense mathematics that was involved. Dr. P. specifically studies abstract mathematics, not applied mathematics. She enjoys proofs, which allow her to determine why arguments follow from certain premises.
Dr. P joined the faculty at TCNJ about 26 years ago; she chose TCNJ for her career because she really wanted to teach at an undergraduate college.
When she is not working, Dr. P. loves to travel. Additionally, she reads a lot of miscellaneous history. If Dr. P. comes across an event in history about which she is interested, she finds a book on that event and reads it. Dr. P. also walks four miles per day every morning.
Dr. P. has a husband, who teaches at Princeton, and two sons, one who teaches at Stanford, and the other who is a graduate student of anthropology at New York University.
– Andrew Miller