Phong Le

Associate ProfessorMathematics

Phong Le is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Center for Data, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences at Goucher College. He also attended Goucher as an undergraduate, studying mathematics and minoring in music. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to returning to Goucher he was faculty at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. There he co-advised the statistics program.  His professional interests range widely from algebraic number theory, cryptography, error-correcting codes, statistics, and data science. He serves as the Community-Based Learning coordinator. In Baltimore, he engages in a wide variety of data-driven community engagement, ranging from health access, fair housing, food accessibility, and developing better paper routes for a community newsletter in his neighborhood. As often as is possible, he brings these experiences into his classroom as stories and daily lessons on how data can empower a community and reflect upon existing narratives within a community. Phong is also founder and co-director of the Goucher Makerspace where students learn about rapid prototyping, design, and manufacturing.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

  • Goucher Makerspace development
  • Article on mathematics and civic engagement


  • Authentic Messiness: Community Partnerships in a Data and Statistics Course, PRIMUS 7/2018
  • On the Dimension of AG Trace Codes, Mathematics, 2016
  • Regular Decomposition of Ordinarity in Generic Exponential Sums, Journal of Number Theory, 2013

External Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad—Bringing African Studies into the Curriculum: A Multilayered Approach. (Rwanda and Mauritius), 2019
  • Project Pericles Faculty Leader, 2017
  • Academy of Inquiry Based Learning and the Educational Advancement Foundation, Spring 2015.

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

  • A 1st and A 10ˆ1st IBL class: Transformation and Shared Struggle, JMM 2019, with Rachel Grotheer
  • Panelist, Ramifications of a Post-Truth Society, Artists for Truth, Baltimore 2017

Invited Talks

  • The Promise and Perils of Categorization in the Census, Goucher Sage Academy 2019
  • The Symmetry and Antisymmetry of Information, Shippensburg University 2017

Academic or Professional Associations

  • Math Association of America
  • Project Pericles