Division of Science






Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

Pat Hooper

Portrait of Pat Hooper
Professor, Graduate Advisor
NAC 6/282
Office hours
Mondays and Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm via Zoom (email for a link), or by appointment
Office phone
(212) 650-5149

Graduate Center Contact Info

Office: Graduate Center, Room 4217.02
Phone: 212-817-8567


For Fall 2020 I am teaching:

I maintain course web pages for most of the courses I have taught in the past.

Research Interests

I study dynamical systems defined by piecewise continuous maps which preserve some nice structure (such as a metric) away from their discontinuities on the phase space. This subject is frequently motivated by connections to geometry. Indeed the simplest such systems, interval exchange maps, are closely related to Teichmüller theory. For many nice spaces, the group of isometries of a space is quite rigid making a dynamical analysis of the action of an isometry uninteresting. By considering piecewise continuous isometries, we obtain a richer class of dynamical systems which give rise to new dynamical phenomena. The goal of his research is to better understand these systems from a topological or ergodic theoretic point of view.

My Mathematical Past

I was an undergraduate math major at the University of Maryland, where I did some work in the Experimental Geometry Lab, where I was interested in geometric structures and in dynamical systems arising from constructions in classical geometry. I was a graduate student at Stony Brook, where I learned low dimensional topology and geometry, including hyperbolic geometry and Teichmüller theory. I spent two years visiting Yale and completed my dissertation under the direction of Yair Minsky. My dissertation was interested in the dynamical behavior of billiards in polygons and connections to Teichmüller theory. I received my PhD in 2006 from Stony Brook. I spent a little over three years as a Boas Assistant Professor at Northwestern, where I learned Dynamical systems and Ergodic theory. I came to City College in the spring of 2010. City College and CUNY have offered me the opportunity to continue to develop my mathematical background, to teach interesting classes, and to interact with interesting students.

Preprints and Publications

You can view my preprints and publications.

Another photo

In the following photo, I am lecturing at the Hausdorff Institute in Bonn, Germany.


For Spring 2021, Pat Hooper is teaching:

Past teaching