Daniel Visscher | Lecturer in Mathematics


I am currently a Lecturer at the University of Michigan. I was a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at Michigan from 2012 to 2015. I completed my graduate studies at Northwestern University under the direction of Amie Wilkinson and Keith Burns. Before that, I studied mathematics and music as an undergraduate at St. Olaf College.

My research interests lie in dynamical systems and geometry. I study how the shape of a space locally influences movement and how this determines global statistical properties. My research addresses issues of existence, uniqueness, and classification of geometries and their properties. Additionally, I have research interests in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics, especially in alternative formats for supporting and assessing student learning. For more information, see my research page.

As a teacher, I aim to position students so that they are able to construct and organize mathematical knowledge. I am an advocate of active learning classrooms, and I employ inquiry-based learning techniques in my courses. These kinds of active, collaborative learning environments have been shown to be beneficial for students generally and especially for populations that are traditionally underrepresented in mathematics. For more information, see my teaching page.

University of Michigan | Department of Mathematics
2074 East Hall | 530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043