Jennifer Nordstrom

Professor of Mathematics at Linfield College

Contact Info

Office: Taylor 205


Phone: (503)883-2654


Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae



This Fall I am teaching

INQS 125 SEC 01: Game Theory in Popular Culture 11:00-12:05, MWF
MATH 230 SEC 01: Discrete Mathematics 9:00-9:50 MTWF


Office Hours

My office is Taylor 205, and my office hours for Fall 2017 are posted below. I am also available by appointment. If my office door is open, feel free to drop by!

Monday 10:00-10:50, 2:00-3:30
Tuesday 10:00-10:50
Wednesday 10:00-10:50, 2:00-3:30
Thursday By Appointment
Friday 10:00-10:50


Research and Projects

My research is in the area of noncommutative ring theory. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. My dissertation is "Generalized Quivers and Representations of Locally Artinian Serial rings." My current work is with Leavitt Path Algebras.

I am interested in doing research with undergraduate students. I have worked with students on projects in representation theory, combinatorial game theory, and competitive graph coloring.

My main project currently is an open source inquiry-based game theory text--Introduction to Game Theory: a Discovery Approach. A pdf of the text is currently available here and accompanying instructor's guide is available by request. The online version of the text is available here.

I currently have a Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grant grant to run the Math PLUS Program. The Math PLUS program pairs Linfield College students with students from Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School to work on a science fair project with significant mathematical content. Projects may include research in areas such as graph theory, number theory, combinatorics, or they may focus on the mathematical modeling or statistical analysis of a scientific question. Students and mentors will learn about different areas of mathematics and brainstorm ideas for science fair projects. Each YCIS participant will then be paired with a Linfield mentor, and have weekly meeting with his or her mentor to work on a project. Projects will be entered in the YCIS Science Fair. 



  • "It is All About Inquiry: a cross-disciplinary conversation about the shared foundations for teaching," J. F. Nordstrom, D. T. Sumner, PRIMUS, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2017.
  • "The relaxed edge-coloring game and k-degenerate graphs," C. Dunn, D. Morawski, J. F. Nordstrom, Order, Vol. 32, No, 3, 2015.
  • "Battles of Wits and Matters of Trust: Game Theory in Popular Culture." Mathematics and Popular Culture: Essays on Appearances in Film, Literature, Gaming, Television and Other Media, eds, E. Sklar and J. Sklar, McFarland, 2012.
  • "Clique-relaxed graph coloring," C. Dunn, J. F. Nordstrom, C. Naymie, E. Pitney, W. Sehorn, C. Suer, Involve, Vol 4, No 2, 2011.
  • "Generalized quivers for locally unipotent rings," Communications in Algebra, Vol 34, No 2, 2006.
  • "Locally Artinian serial rings," Communications in Algebra, Vol 32, No 4, 2004.