Rebecca Goldin
Professor of Mathematics


  • Data and statistics
  • Math

Rebecca Goldin is a professor of mathematics at George Mason University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University and a doctorate in math from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining George Mason University in 2001, she held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. She has received several grants from the National Science Foundation to support her research, as well as the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize from the Association of Women in Mathematics. Goldin is a 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Nifty Fifty speaker at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival; she also coaches or works with several math and science clubs at elementary and middle schools, and volunteers regularly for the Fairfax Math Circle. Goldin joined Statistical Assessment Service as the director of research in 2004, and became their director in 2014. Her work for STATS has been published in The Washington Post, and she has appeared on NBC, CBS, CNN and NPR. She has run workshops for journalists and students and has given talks about her work at STATS across the country. Goldin continues to direct the effort to work with journalists to improve science reporting.