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Thomas Mahoney

Thomas Mahoney

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Campus Box 4027

Building Science Hall

Room 250A

  • 620-341-5635

Campus Box 4027
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801

Joined the department in 2015


Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dissertation: Online Choosability of Graphs. (2015)

M.S. Teaching of Mathematics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (2015)

B.A. Mathematics, Hastings College, Hastings, NE. (2010)

B.M. Saxophone Performance, Hastings College, Hastings, NE. (2010)


I enjoy studying combinatorics and graph theory. In particular, my research focuses on graph colorings and games played on graphs. I also enjoy looking for connections between math and other areas, such as music.

Professional Highlights

  • LA&S Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015
  • Brahana TA Instructional Award, 2015
  • Secretary, Kansas City Mathematics Technology Expo
  • Member of Kappa Mu Epsilon


I have taught most of our undergraduate math major courses at some point or another. MA130 Problem Solving with Computers is a course I have taken a particular interest in teaching. At the graduate level, I teach MA701 Mathematical Proofs, MA757 Graph Theory, MA735 Advanced Calculus, and sometimes a LaTeX course in the summer.


Video games (recently Tabletop Simulator and Factorio), board games (Dominion, Catan, Splendor), Saxophone (ESU Jazz Band), and many, many TV shows that my wife and I watch in the evenings.