Carrie Brezine

Carrie Brezine

Information

  • Email: cbrezine@umich.edu
  • Phone: 734.764.2337
  • Office: 207-B West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
  • Ph.D. 2011, Harvard University

Research Interests

Topical/Theoretical

  • Textiles
  • Inka

Geographical

  • Andes

Research Projects

Research Description

Carrie J. Brezine is working on an intellectual history of mathematics, textiles, and technology in the Andes. This research builds on her long involvement in the study of khipu, Inka knotted-string record-keeping devices, and on her interest in the expression of mathematics in material culture in general. Carrie is particularly interested in the mathematical aspects of weaving technology, the relationship between mathematics and writing, and the problem of how to infer the intellectual practices of a civilization that left no written records. Her dissertation was titled "Dress, Technology, and Identity in Colonial Peru". A weaver, knitter, and seamstress, Carrie enjoys recreating Andean weaving techniques and exploring the potential of unusual textile structures.