# Patti Hunter

**Professor of Mathematics **

Phone: (805) 565-6076

Email: phunter@westmont.edu

Office Location: Provost's Office, Kerrwood Hall

**Office Hours**

By Appointment

**Specialization**

History of Mathematics

Professor Hunter has taught at Westmont since 2000, and was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. In 2009, she co-directed Westmont in Mexico. She enjoys watching Agatha Christie movies with her family, playing tennis, and reading. She believes strongly in the positive effects of chocolate on mathematical cognition.

### Professor Hunter is currently on leave from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and serving as the vice provost. She has taught courses in

- History of Mathematics
- Introduction to Statistics
- Calculus

### Education

- Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Virginia
- M.S. in Mathematics, University of Virginia
- B.S. in Mathematics, Westmont College

### Research Interests

- The formation of scientific communities
- Statistics in the U.S.
- Internationalization of science during the Cold War

### Selected Publications

- "Gertrude Cox in Egypt: A Case Study in Science Patronage and International Statistics Education during the Cold War."
*Science in Context*22 (1) (2009): 47-83. - “Foundations of Statistics in American Textbooks: Probability and Pedagogy in Historical Context,” in
*From Calculus to Computers: Using the Last 200 Years of Mathematics History in the Classroom*, ed. Amy Shell-Gellasch and Richard Jardine (Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America), 2005. - “An Unofficial Community: American Mathematical Statisticians before 1935,”
*Annals of Science*56 (1999): 47-68. - “Drawing the Boundaries: Mathematical Statistics in Twentieth-Century America,”
*Historia Mathematica*23 (1996): 7-30.