Department of Mathematics

Dr. Dena Morton

Professor, Mathematics Department
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Morton is a pure mathematician, which means she researches theoretical mathematics. To her, mathematics is always a creative endeavor and she is delighted when her research yields particularly beautiful results.

Dr. Morton's area of research is in combinatorial game theory. Combinatorial games follow these rules:

  1. There are two players who play against each other.

  2. Nothing is left to chance. Instead moves must be reasoned out.
    (This means poker is not a combinatorial game.)

  3. Both players know the other player’s possible moves.
    (This means Stratego is not a combinatorial game.)

  4. There is a definite winner, with no ties allowed.

Some examples of famous combinatorial games are connect four, chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, go, and the game of nim.


Combinatorial Game Theory, Topology, Homotopy Theory

Professional Interests