Catherine Yan

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Catherine Yan
Academic background
EducationPeking University
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
ThesisThe Theory of Commuting Boolean Algebras (1997)
Academic work
InstitutionsTexas A&M University,
New York University,
Nankai University
Main interestsAlgebraic combinatorics
Notable worksCombinatorics: The Rota Way

Catherine Huafei Yan (Chinese: 颜华菲) is a professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University interested in algebraic combinatorics.

Education and career[edit]

Yan earned a bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1993.[1] She was a student of Gian-Carlo Rota at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1997 with a dissertation on The Theory of Commuting Boolean Algebras.[2]

After working for two years as a Courant Instructor at New York University, she joined Texas A&M in 1999, with a three-year hiatus as Chern Professor at the Center of Combinatorics, Nankai University, from 2005 to 2008.[1]


With her advisor and Joseph Kung, she is an author of Combinatorics: The Rota Way (Cambridge University Press, 2009). The book provides an exposition of the areas of combinatorics of interest to Rota, unified through an algebraic framework, and lists many open research problems in this area.[3]


Yan won a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2001.[4] She was elected to the 2018 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to combinatorics and discrete geometry".[5]


  1. ^ a b Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2017-11-03
  2. ^ Catherine Yan at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Reviews of Combinatorics: The Rota Way:
  4. ^ Past Fellows, Sloan Foundation, archived from the original on 2018-03-14, retrieved 2019-09-09
  5. ^ 2018 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2017-11-03

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