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Rehana Patel, Ph.D.

Rehana Patel

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Ph.D., Mathematics, Wesleyan University
B.S., Physics, University of Cambridge

Select Courses Taught

Discrete Mathematics
Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Random Graphs
Modeling and Simulation of the Physical World


Rehana Patel received her doctorate in mathematics from Wesleyan University, and did her undergraduate work in physics at the University of Cambridge. She has held faculty positions at St. John's University, Harvard University, and at Wesleyan University. Her research is in mathematical logic, specifically, applications of model theory to combinatorics. Recently, she has become especially interested in understanding how model-theoretic techniques may be used to address certain questions in probabilistic combinatorics.

Rehana enjoys academic collaborations, both with colleagues and with students. She has been involved in several initiatives to expand access to, and equity within, the field of mathematics. In 2004, she co-founded the New York Graduate Student Logic Conference series. She was also an organiser of the 2012 Infinite Possibilities Conference, promoting minority women in the mathematical sciences. Since 2014, she has been a curriculum advisor to the African Leadership University, a new pan-African university that opens in Mauritius in fall 2015.