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Chris Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy

Associate Professor
Department Chair

Luter Hall 360A
(757) 594-8514


  • Ph D in Mathematics, University of Michigan
  • MA in Mathematics, University of Michigan
  • BA in Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley


My main teaching interests are in cryptography, error correcting codes, and abstract algebra. Regardless, I am happy to teach anywhere across the math curriculum.

Transition to higher mathematics, abstract algebra, cryptography and coding theory


Infinite dimensional non-associative algebra
Deep matrix algebras: Lie and associative structure theory, representation theory
Nearly simple algebras


Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dr. Kennedy completed his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley in 1997, and then his doctorate at the University of Michigan in 2004. He worked for two years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before coming to Christopher Newport University in 2006. He has served as the chair of the department since 2013.

  • Christopher Kennedy, Innovation in Academic Leadership for Department Chairs, Washington, DC. (2018)

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