Contact information

Address: 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

E-mail: cvancott at usfca dot edu

Tel: 415.422.4981

Professional information


I am a geometric topologist, studying knots, surfaces, and the interplay between three and four dimensional topology. I also enjoy talking to all ages (children through adults) about fun topics in mathematics. 



Ph.D. in Mathematics
Indiana University, 2008
B.S. in Mathematics
Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), 2002
Work experience


University of San Francisco

Department Chair 2017 - present

Associate Professor 2014 - present

Assistant Professor 2008 - 2014


San Francisco Math Teachers' Circle

Leadership team, 2016 - present

SFMTC is a professional community of K-12 teachers and mathematicians that meets monthly to explore accessible, exciting topics in mathematics.



Faculty member, 2015, 2017

MathPath is a mathematics camp for mathematically gifted children ages 11 through 14.


Epsilon Camp

Faculty member, 2014, 2015

Epsilon Camp is a mathematics camp for mathematically gifted children ages 8 through 11.


San Francisco Math Circle

Co-Director, 2011-2013

The San Francisco Math Circle is a weekly after-school program that provides a community for youth in San Francisco schools who want to work on interesting math problems.


2010 - present

2010 - present