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I received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. My advisor was Prof. George M. Bergman. My thesis is about dominions (in the sense of Isbell) in varieties of groups. Another way to think about it, in terms perhaps more familiar to group theorists, is that I studied special amalgams and strong embedding of special amalgams in certain kinds of categories of groups, namely those which are closed under arbitrary direct products, subgroups, and quotients.
After graduating I went back to Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where I had obtained my undergraduate degree, also in Mathematics. There, I held a temporary position as Investigador Asociado 'C' at the Instituto de Matemáticas (Fellow or Researcher).
I was a Visiting Assistant Professor position at the Department of Mathematical Sciences of The University of Montana in 2002-2003, and then an Adjunct Assistant Professor in 2003-2005.
In the Fall of 2005, I became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As of the Fall of 2009, I am an Associate Professor there.
I co-wrote a paper on Number Theory with David McKinnon from the University of Waterloo (which was published in The American Mathematical Monthly). More recently, I have been working on the problem of capability of groups (whether a group, and particularly a finite p-group, is isomorphic to the inner automorphisms of some group), and have obtained several results. I am also working with Robert F. Morse of the University of Evansville on the nonabelian tensor square of groups. For more information, see my preprints page.
I have a very broad mathematical background, which allows me to teach a wide variety of courses. I also have a continuing interest in Number Theory, Arithmetic Geometry, and cryptology.
My mailing address
magidin at louisiana dot edu