Prior to coming to CLU, Dr. Gagliardo was teaching at a small liberal arts school in Jacksonville, Florida. Before that, he earned an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interest is in differential geometry, which can be loosely described as the intersection of Calculus and Geometry. His most recent research project is in the study of Pseudokus, a variant of the popular puzzle.
Dr. Gagliardo's true passion is teaching - something he realized as a Taekwondo instructor in high school (he has a third-degree black-belt). His interest in teaching pedagogy was sparked when he became involved in inquiry-based learning.
Outside of CLU, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, participating in CrossFit, trying new restaurants and reading sci-fi. One of the highlights of his weekend is going to the Ventura Farmer's Market every Saturday with his wife, Elizabeth. Recently, there was a new addition to the Gagliardo family: Maxwell Gagliardo was born on March 5th.