My Story

Hi! I was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and went to college in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia before heading to the Midwest for graduate school, and now am thrilled to return to the Appalachians to work at Warren Wilson!

In May 2020, I was married to Cassie, and now most of my favorite things to do are with her. We met working together at a summer camp, and this is something we still like to do. We also like exploring, playing board/card games, and cooking and baking.

I also love looking for math/science outreach opportunities. In the past couple of years, I have helped with MSU Math Camps, MathCounts, the local Science Olympiad, Girls’ Math and Science Day, and Campfire Science Night. I am excited to find stuff like this here on campus and in the local community!

Faculty member Christopher Potvin stands smiling in a red shirt in front of Orr Cottage
Christopher Potvin standing for a group photo with family and friends


  • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Bridgewater College
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Bowling Green State University
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Topological Data Analysis
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Hypergraphs

Courses Taught

  • MAT 1415/1416: Statistics
  • MAT 2410: Calculus I
  • MAT 2500: Linear Algebra
  • MAT 2110: Introduction to Computer Science with Python
  • MAT 3035: Data Science of Networks
  • MAT 3305: Statistical Modeling for the Natural Sciences

Crews and Other Activities

  • MAA Project NExT