Saxe's research is in the areas of operator theory and functional analysis. 

She has published a number of papers and in 2002, published her first book Beginning
Functional Analysis (Springer-Verlag). She is also interested in the history of

She has served on the editorial board of the College Mathematics Journal. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Bard College M.S., Ph.D., University of Oregon 

Karen Saxe has been teaching at Macalester since 1991. 

Journal Articles


Spectra of composition operators on the Bloch and Bergman spaces (with B. MacCluer), Israel Journal of Mathematics (2002)


Riesz operators and complex interpolation, Rend. Circ. Mat. Di Palermo (1998)


Contributions to Books

Redistricting and district compactness (with C. Corcoran), The Mathematics of Decisions, Elections, and Games, Contemporary Mathematics (2014)

The First Year of Calculus and Statistics at Macalester College (with Dan Flath, Tom Halverson, and Daniel T. Kaplan), Undergraduate Mathematics for the Life Sciences Models, Processes, and Directions (2013)

Fixed Point Theorems (with Karine Moe), Economics, Interdisciplinary Lively Application Projects (2004)



Collective Action: Why the Future is Brighter for Undergraduate Teaching in the Mathematical Sciences (2015)

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