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John M. Alongi

PhD, Northwestern University


John M. Alongi (Ph.D. 1998, Northwestern; Professor of Instruction) is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics. Alongi’s research in topological dynamical systems has focused on the structure of hyperbolic sets and modes of recurrence. He is a co-author of the graduate textbook Recurrence and Topology and has been active as a consultant, editor, and reviewer for major educational publishers including Pearson, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw Hill, W.H. Freeman, and World Scientific.

As an instructor, Alongi held the Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lecturership and is a recipient of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award. The Associated Student Government has regularly elected him to its Faculty Honor Roll.

Alongi has served on the faculties of Pomona College, Carleton College and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Selected Publications

  1. Alongi, John M. and Stephen F. Kennedy. ``Slippery Centroids." College Mathematics Journal 3 (2001): 197--199. Rpt. in Edward J Barbeau. More Fallacies, Flaws and Flimflam (2013): 70--72.
  2. Alongi, John M. and Gail S. Nelson. Recurrence and Topology. Graduate Studies in Mathematics 85. Providence: American Mathematical Society, 2007.
  3. Alongi, John M. ``A Geometric Proof of the Addition Identity for Sine." PRIMUS 1 (2005): 81--85.
  4. Alongi, John M. ``Accessibility and Hyperbolicity." Illinois Journal of Mathematics 2 (2001): 681--691.
  5. Alongi, John M., Deanna Haunsperger, Gail S. Nelson and Eric Westlund. ``Recommendations on Recommendations." PRIMUS 4 (1999): 374--382.


  1. Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Lectureship, 2013--2014
  2. Arts & Sciences Alumni Teaching Award, 2011
  3. Top NU Professor, Northwestern Chronicle, 2008
  4. Lockheed Martin Most Supportive Professor Award, Society of Women Engineers, 2006
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