Ruth Charney

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Ruth Charney
Ruth Charney in 1977
Born1950 (age 73–74)
Alma materBrandeis University
Princeton University
Known forGeometric group theory, Artin groups
Scientific career
InstitutionsBrandeis University
Thesis Homological Stability for the General Linear Group of a Principal Ideal Domain  (1977)
Doctoral advisorWu-Chung Hsiang

Ruth Michele Charney (born 1950)[1] is an American mathematician known for her work in geometric group theory and Artin groups. Other areas of research include K-theory and algebraic topology.[2] She holds the Theodore and Evelyn G. Berenson Chair in Mathematics at Brandeis University. She was in the first group of mathematicians named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[3][4] She was in the first group of mathematicians named Fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[5][6] She served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics during 2013–2015,[7] and served as president of the American Mathematical Society for the 2021–2023 term.[8]


Charney attended Brandeis University, graduating in mathematics in 1972.[9] She then attended Merce Cunningham Dance Studio for a year, studying modern dance. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1977 under Wu-Chung Hsiang.[10]


Following her graduation from Princeton, Charney took a postdoctoral position at University of California, Berkeley, followed by an NSF postdoctoral appointment/assistant professor position at Yale University.[11] She worked for Ohio State University until 2003, when she returned to work at Brandeis University.

Charney served as president of the Association for Women in Mathematics during 2013–2015.[9] She emphasized the importance of encouraging young women in mathematics through summer programs, mentorships, and parental involvement.[12]

She has served as an editor of the journal Algebraic and Geometric Topology from 2000 to 2007.[13][11]

In 2019 she was elected to serve as president of the American Mathematical Society during 2021–2023.[8] She currently serves as the AMS Immediate Past President.[14]

Additionally, she was a member at large for the American Mathematical Society from 1992 to 1994.[15]


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  1. ^ Birth date from ISNI authority control file, accessed 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ MSRI. "Mathematical Sciences Research Institute". Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  3. ^ a b "Inaugural Fellows of the AMS" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b "Fellows of the AMS". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2023-01-04.
  5. ^ a b "2018 Inaugural Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b "AWM Fellows". AWM Fellows. Retrieved 4 Jan 2023.
  7. ^ "Ruth Charney Curriculum Vita" (PDF). Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Ruth Charney Elected AMS President". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  9. ^ a b Burrows, Leah (October 21, 2013). "Charney makes it all add up: Mathematician (and former dancer) wants to multiply women in math". Brandeis NOW. Brandeis University. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ruth Michele Charney". The Mathematics Genealogy Project. NDSU Department of Mathematics. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Personal Profile of Prof. Ruth Charney". Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  12. ^ Suhay, Lisa (March 14, 2014). "Calculating women: How to get more girls into math". Christian Science Monitor. Boston. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  13. ^ "Ruth Charney Theodore and Evelyn Berenson Professor of Mathematics Brandeis University (CV)". Brandeis University. 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  14. ^ "Officers". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  15. ^ "AMS Committees". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2023-03-27.

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