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Ph.D. Mathematics Education
Parent, Math Teacher, Critical Scholar
My name is Aditya Adiredja (he/him/his), or as my students like to call me, Dr. Adi. I also chose doktoradi.com to reflect my first language. I emigrated from Indonesia to the United States with my mother when I was 15 years old. I am a proud queer first-generation student and now a professor.
I recently became a foster parent to a 15 year-old. Being a first-time parent to a teenager is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. Balancing parenting and my academic life is an ongoing process. Staying up to work after the kid is asleep is the new normal. My partner, Alan also has a 16 year old, and with our 5 year-old Great Dane, Ryoko, it rarely gets boring in this house.
My pursuit of mathematics and a Ph.D. were motivated by my desire to become a teacher. I used to fail math in middle school and I have gotten to where I am because of the amazing mathematics teachers I had. In fact, it was Dr. Miriam Castroconde from Irvine Valley College who made me apply to UC Berkeley and told me not leave until I received my Ph.D. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Arizona where I regularly teach Linear Algebra and Number Theory.
Earning a Ph.D. has given me power and an opportunity to speak up about inequities in mathematics education. My work in undergraduate mathematics prioritizes the concerns and needs of racial and ethnic minority students, especially those who are female, first-generation, and low-income. This is motivated by the reality that mathematics education continues to not serve Black and Brown students. In my scholarship I strive to create stories of success and mathematical excellence with minoritized students. I aim to dismantle pervasive deficit narratives that implicate us as perpetually underachieving and less able. In the age that we live now, an anti-racist approach to education is critical and necessary.