MMUF Faculty Academic Coordinators
Professor Pey-Yi Chu
Pey-Yi Chu is Associate Professor of History at Pomona College, where she teaches European history and specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. Born in Taiwan and raised in the United States, she received her PhD from Princeton University. Her research aims to understand the environment and environmental change through the history of science and technology. This focus has led her to explore such topics as the history of the earth sciences, science policy, the politics of expertise, and the transnational circulation of ideas. Pey-Yi has held fellowships at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and her work has appeared in Environmental History and Environment and History. Her first book, The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science was published by University of Toronto Press in 2020.
Professor Shahriar Shahriari
Shahriar Shahriari is the William Polk Russel Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College. In 2015, Shahriar Shahriari was recognized for his commitment to bringing more students from underrepresented groups into the field of mathematics with what is widely considered the nation’s top prize for teaching mathematics—the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching in Mathematics.
Known for classes that encourage student-driven discovery, he published the materials for his honors Calculus class as a textbook, titled Approximately Calculus, which won the American Library Association’s Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title in 2007.