Staff Directory


Anna Varvak, PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 949-480-4165

Fax: 949-480-4263


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. Mathematics, Brandeis University
  • M.S. Mathematics, Brandeis University
  • B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Positions Held

  • 2010-Present, Associate professor of mathematics, Soka University of America
  • 2004-2010, Assistant professor of mathematics, Soka University of America 

Research Interests

  • Math education
  • Applied statistics

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Calef, M. P., A. Varvak, A. D. McGuire, F. S. Chapin III, and K. B. Reinhold. "Recent changes in annual area burned in Interior Alaska: the impact of fire management." Earth Interactions 19, no. 5 (2015): 1-17.
  • Varvak, Anna. "Encoding properties of Łukasiewics paths." In Proceedings of the 13th WSEAS international conference on Applied mathematics, pp. 135-143. World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS), 2008.
  • Varvak, Anna. "Lattice path encodings in a combinatorial proof of a differential identity." Discrete Mathematics 308, no. 23 (2008): 5834-5840.
  • Varvak, Anna. "Rook numbers and the normal ordering problem." Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A 112, no. 2 (2005): 292-307.

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Math 101: Statistics 
  • Math 160: Liberal Arts math 
  • Math 170: Differential Calculus 
  • Math 171: Integral Calculus
  • Core 100: Enduring Questions of Humanity