Jemma Lorenat

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

With Pitzer Since: 2015
Field Group:
Campus Address: Bernard Hall 209
Phone: 909.607.4584
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursdays 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Jemma Lorenat is assistant professor of mathematics at Pitzer College. Her work in the history of mathematics focuses on geometry, visualization and mediums of communication in the nineteenth century.

Educational Background

PhD, Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
MA, Liberal Studies, City University of New York Graduate Center
BA (Summa Cum Laude), Mathematics, San Francisco State University and University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland



Conference Papers

  • AMS/MAA Joint Meeting, San Antonio, January 2015 (Invited session on the history of mathematics): “Polemics in public: Controversies around the principle of duality in early nineteenth century geometry.”
  • HSS Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 2014. Session Organizer jointly with Abram Kaplan on Evidence in Mathematics: “The figure and other forms of geometric evidence.”
  • AMS/MAA Joint Meeting, Baltimore 2014 (Invited session on the history of mathematics: “Julius Plücker’s Pure Geometry.”
  • CMS Winter Meeting, Ottawa, Canada 2013: “Julius Plücker’s Pure Geometry.”
  • Algèbre, géométrie et théorie des nombres aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles,
  • Université de Nantes, France 2013: “Concentric circles’ common chord at infinity.”
  • Seminaire d’histoire des sciences mathématiques de l’Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu, Paris, France 2013: “Conic sections and polygons in the Annales de Gergonne.”
  • Novembertagung on the history of mathematics, Wuppertal, Germany 2012: “A geometry by any other name.”
  • Séminaire d’histoire des mathématiques d’Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France 2012: “Posed problems and solutions in Gergonne’s Annales and Crelle’s Journal.”
  • Three-Society History of Science Meeting, Philadelphia, 2012: “From research to recreation, posed problems in 19th century journals.”
  • International Conference on the History of Modern Mathematics, Xi’an, China 2012: “From research to recreation, posed problems in 19th century journals.”
  • AMS/MAA Joint Meeting, Boston 2012 (Invited paper, Special session in the history of mathematics): “Not set in stone: 19th century geometrical constructions and the Malfatti Problem.”
  • CMS Winter Meeting, Toronto, Canada 2011: “Not set in stone: 19th century geometrical constructions and the Malfatti Problem.”
  • Novembertagung on the history of mathematics, Paris, France 2011: “Poor Steiner’s Porism.”
  • Association for the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice Symposia, Nancy, France 2011: “Kronecker’s Constructs.”
  • AMS/MAA Joint Meeting, New Orleans 2011: “How Kroneckerian Became an Adjective.”
  • Novembertagung on the history of mathematics, Mainz, Germany 2010: “How Kroneckerian Became an Adjective.”


  • Graduate International Research Award, Simon Fraser University (2012) Leibniz Scholar, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (2012) Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University (2011, 2012)
  • Mathematics Student Teaching Award, Simon Fraser University (2011)
  • Philip Morrison Fellow, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (2011) Department Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (2010) Mathematics Departmental Honoree, San Francisco State University (2007)

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

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