Judy Walker received the BS from the University of Michigan in 1990, and the MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois in 1992 and 1996. She joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1996 and has remained there ever since, except for the fall 2011 semester when she was a visiting professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). She was named Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics in 2012, the same year in which she also was named an AMS Fellow.
Professor Walker is an algebraic coding theorist, with a concentration on connections between coding theory and algebraic geometry, number theory, and graph theory. She is a co-founder of both the All Girls/All Math program for high school girls and the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. She served as the MAA’s Pólya Lecturer for 2009 – 2011 and has given lecture series at the Institute for Advanced Study and at the Sophus Lie Conference Center in Norway. In 2006, she received the MAA’s Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching, in 2014 she received the University of Nebraska’s system-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award, and in 2016 she received the AWM's Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education.