Rena Levitt earned her Ph.D. in pure mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008. After completing her degree, Levitt joined the Department of Mathematics at Pomona College where she designed and taught classes implementing inquiry-based learning techniques in single and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and geometric group theory.
During her time in Claremont, Levitt developed programs designed to address diversity in higher education focusing on recruitment and retention in STEM fields. She served as a faculty member for the Pomona Academy for Youth Success and developed Pomona’s Learning Communities in Mathematics — a mentoring program for students traditionally underrepresented in math and the sciences. Levitt’s research focuses on geometric and combinatorial approaches to decision problems in algebraic structures. In 2012 she was selected as a faculty supervisor for the Fletcher Jones Fellowship Grant, a research experience for undergraduates in mathematics. Levitt joined the Minerva Schools at KGI in the spring of 2014 as the Academic Director of Computational and Natural Sciences. Dean Levitt teaches the first-year Formal Analysis Cornerstone.