Faculty Profile

Erin Griffin

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Email: griffine@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2141


Education: BS, California Polytechnic State University (2016); MS, Syracuse University (2018); PhD, Syracuse University (2021). At SPU since 2021.

Dr. Erin Griffin came to SPU after finishing her PhD at Syracuse University. During her time at Syracuse, she organized the first online graduate student conference and served in various positions for the Math Graduate Organization and the Association for Women in Mathematics, Syracuse Chapter. Dr. Griffin’s research interests are Riemannian geometry, specifically examining geometric flows and their solitons. She is also passionate about engaging and empowering mathematicians from historically underrepresented groups.

At SPU, Dr. Griffin looks forward to teaching a wide variety of classes and getting to show students that anyone can do math. She believes that a large part of this is supporting the whole student, and she is passionate about making students feel valued and helping them achieve their goals both inside and outside the classroom.

Outside of work, Dr. Griffin enjoys rock climbing, drinking coffee, and exploring Seattle with her husband and their dog.


Selected Publications

Griffin, E. (2021). Gradient ambient obstruction solitons on homogeneous manifolds. Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry, 60(3), 469–499. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10455-021-09784-3

Please view Dr. Griffin's CV (PDF) for additional information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Erin Griffin, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

“Since SPU is a small, liberal arts institution with a focus on teaching, I feel that it provides an environment where my teaching can flourish. More than that, the calls to care for students as individuals and to incorporate faith into education allow me to teach in a way that I am passionate about. SPU's location in Seattle also provides a number of valuable opportunities for outreach and collaboration with other institutions.”