Sandy Ganzell

Professor of Mathematics

Sandy Ganzell


Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Sandy has lived in New Hampshire, Texas, California and The Gambia, but now resides happily in St. Mary's county, even farther south than the College. When he's not doing math, you can often find him climbing at the rock wall, teaching jujutsu, playing ultimate or tuning pianos. He really likes home-made cookies.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Knot Theory
  • Topology of 4-Manifolds
  • Combinatorial Game Theory


  • B.A. in Mathematics at Dartmouth College, 1992
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics at Rice University, 2000


  • The Forbidden Number of a Knot
  • TWIST UNTANGLE and Related Knot Games
  • Local Moves and Restrictions on the Jones Polynomial