Short Bio

I am an associate professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Before arriving in Michigan, I was a postdoc at Vanderbilt University . I received my PhD in 2007 from Texas A&M University . My advisor was Roger Smith .

Research Interests

I study von Neumann algebras, specifically, II_1 factors, which are infinite dimensional generalizations of the n by n matrices. I am particularly interested in infinite index subfactor inclusions, as that is where the most fascinating examples are. For copies of some of my papers, click here. For a brief overview of the theory of von Neumann algebras, including connections to what could loosely be termed "reality," see my research page. I also enjoy problems in Operator/Banach Spaces and Dynamical Systems and have done a little dabbling in the field of Quantum Computing.


In the Fall of 2022, I will be teaching Calculus I and Advanced Calculus (both in person- for now!). For those of you enrolled in either class, go to Canvas. My office hours will be determined at a later point.

Fun Mathematical Links

Fun Non-Mathematical Links

Now that I have tenure, I can do this.


You may reach me by e-mail at adwiggin@@@umich...edu. If you are not a robot, you should be able to make that out. I can also be reached by phone at 313-593-5228. Finally, mail may be sent to

Alan Wiggins
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
2014 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48128-2406

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