Faculty Name

Viveka Vaughn, Ph.D.


Associate Professor





Office Location

Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center 320


Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Columbia University, Teachers College
M.A., Pure Mathematics, Wayne State University
B.A., Mathematics, Wayne State University


Viveka Borum Brown, Ph.D. has been teaching and tutoring mathematics since 2000. Her primary research focus looks at various equity issues in mathematics. In particular, she explores issues pertaining to Black females and mathematics. Dr. Borum Brown examines why there seems to be a dearth in the number of Black women who pursue the mathematical field.

Her goal is to create avenues and solutions in order to increase the number of Black women and thus the number of women entering mathematics.

Due to her research focus, Dr. Borum Brown states, "I am truly blessed to be at Spelman teaching mathematics, which is truly my passion. What excites me about mathematics is that the logic and reasoning skills one can learn from various math courses can also be used in other areas of life. Mathematics isn’t just about numbers; mathematics teaches students how to think critically."

Courses Taught

College Algebra
Precalculus 1
Accelerated Precalculus
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Foundations of Mathematics

Research Interests

Equity Issues in Mathematics
Problem Solving in Mathematics
Connecting Higher Level Mathematics to the K-12 grades


Borum, Viveka; Hilton, Adriel Adon; and Walker, Erica (2016) "The Role of Black Colleges in the Development of Mathematicians," Journal of Research Initiatives: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 6. Available at: