• Ph.D, Rice University, 2009
  • M.A., Rice University, 2007
  • B.S., Texas Christian University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Knot Energy
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Geometric Measure Theory


  • Mathematics for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Theoretical Mathematics


Ryan Dunning, Ph.D., joined the St. Mary’s University Department of Mathematics faculty in 2009. He received his bachelor of science in mathematics from Texas Christian University in 2004, and his master of arts and doctorate in mathematics from Rice University in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

His primary research interest is knot energy, with a current focus on the energy of knots in lattices. His teaching interests include inquiry-based learning.

Dunning serves as a Marianist Educational Associate. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences and the San Antonio Community for Mathematics Inquiry in Teaching.


Dunning, R. Mathematical Logic for the Humanities. Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics. Issue 55. January 2023.

Dunning, R. Optimally Immersed Planar Curves Under Möbius Energy. Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications. Volume 20. Issue 10. October 2011.

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