Patti Hunter


Professor of Mathematics
Phone: (805) 565-6076
Office Location: Winter Hall 305

Office Hours
Fall 2015
M/F 9:30-10:20, 11:30-12; W 1:30-4:00, and by appt.


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.

Course web pages and other useful links

Professor Hunter teaches

  • History of Mathematics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Calculus


  • 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.