John Iskra

Assistant Professor Mathematics

Dr. Iskra has been a faculty member at E&H for 13 years.  During that time he has taught most of the courses offered by the department.  

Since earning his PhD his research interest has centered on the application of category theory to problems that lie in the intersection of philosophy, physics and mathematics.

Before  becoming a professor, he worked as a public school teacher.  

He focuses first on teaching, including working with students in one-on-one projects and theses.  Among other subjects these projects have examined

  • The analysis of big data sets using Homology
  • The development of more efficient data bases
  • The link between a mastery of fractions and success in Algebra I
  • A statistical analysis of factors leading to Super Bowl appearances.
  • An analysis of co-flatness in the category of locales

He’s worked on multiple grants with the objective of improving the teaching of mathematics in region elementary and middle schools.

He enjoys running, biking and hiking in the scenic mountains of Southwest Virginia..  He’s an aspiring foodie.  He believes that the first few seasons of the Simpsons are among the high achievements of Western Civilization.


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    Ph.D., Mathematics
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    B.S., Mathematics

Contact Info

Miller Hall, Room 221
Emory, VA 24327



Miller Hall