Alexandria Volkening

Status: Faculty

Will mentor

  • Pre-doctoral students

Research interests

  • Mathematical biology
  • Complex social systems
  • Applied dynamical systems

Fields of expertise

  • Applied mathematics


  • Math

Department of Mathematics, Purdue University

Alexandria Volkening (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy) at Purdue University. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Brown University (2017) with Bjorn Sandstede and her BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2011), where she was affiliated with the Meyerhoff program. Her research is in applied mathematics (for example, she’s currently investigating election forecasting and how fish get their skin patterns). She is happy to talk to students about careers in applied math, help them find opportunities for funded research, listen to their goals, chat about how to find mentors and apply for positions, and talk about life in graduate school and research.