Sarah Cannon

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Claremont McKenna College


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Claremont McKenna College, one of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, CA. My research focuses on mathematical foundations of Markov chains and random sampling algorithms for problems from discrete geometry, most recently with connections to statistical physics and the mathematics of redistricting.

For 2023-2024, I am serving as Secretary of the SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics.

From 2018-2019, I was an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Alistair Sinclair. In 2018, I completed my Ph.D in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization at Georgia Tech, advised by Dana Randall and based in the School of Computer Science. My graduate studies were supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, a Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science, and a Clare Boothe Luce Outstanding Graduate Fellowship. I completed an M.Sc. in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science at the University of Oxford in 2013 and a B.A. in Mathematics at Tufts University in 2012.