Ping Zhang (graph theorist)

Ping Zhang is a mathematician specializing in graph theory. She is a professor of mathematics at Western Michigan University and the author of multiple textbooks on graph theory and mathematical proof.[1]

Zhang earned a master's degree in 1989 from the University of Jordan, working there on ring theory with Hasan Al-Ezeh.[1] She completed her Ph.D. in 1995 at Michigan State University. Her dissertation, in algebraic combinatorics, was Subposets of Boolean Algebras, and was supervised by Bruce Sagan.[1][2]

After a short-term position at the University of Texas at El Paso, she joined the Western Michigan faculty in 1996.[1]


Zhang is the author of:

  • Mathematical Proofs: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics (with Gary Chartrand and A. D. Polimeni, Addison-Wesley, 2002; 2nd ed., 2007; 3rd ed., 2012)
  • Introduction to Graph Theory (with Gary Chartrand, McGraw-Hill, 2004; Chinese ed., 2006); revised as A First Course in Graph Theory (Dover, 2012)[3]
  • Chromatic Graph Theory (with Gary Chartrand, CRC Press, 2008)[4]
  • Graphs & Digraphs (by Gary Chartrand and Linda Lesniak, with Zhang added as a co-author on the 5th ed., CRC Press, 2010)[5]
  • Discrete Mathematics (with Gary Chartrand, Waveland Press, 2011)
  • Covering Walks in Graphs (with Futaba Fujie, Springer, 2014)
  • Color-Induced Graph Colorings (Springer, 2015)
  • The Fascinating World of Graph Theory (with Arthur Benjamin and Gary Chartrand, Princeton University Press, 2015)[6]
  • A Kaleidoscopic View of Graph Colorings (Springer, 2016)[7]

She is also the co-editor of:

  • Handbook of Graph Theory (originally edited by Jonathan L. Gross and Jay Yellen, with Zhang added as a co-editor on the 2nd ed., CRC Press, 2013)


  1. ^ a b c d Ping Zhang, Professor of Mathematics, Western Michigan University, retrieved 2018-05-29
  2. ^ Ping Zhang at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Review of A First Course in Graph Theory:
    • Saccoman, John T. (December 2012), "Review", MAA Reviews
  4. ^ Reviews of Chromatic Graph Theory:
    • Bóna, Miklós (December 2008), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • de Werra, D. (2009), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2450569CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. ^ Review of Graphs & Digraphs (5th ed):
    • Saccoman, John T. (June 2012), "Review", MAA Reviews
  6. ^ Reviews of The Fascinating World of Graph Theory:
  7. ^ Review of A Kaleidoscopic View of Graph Colorings: