I'm a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research lies at the boundaries of algebraic geometry, geometric representation theory, and mathematical physics.
I am a member of the editorial board of the Illinois Journal of Mathematics.
I received the 2017 UIUC Campus Award and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
My Ph.D. students include Artan Sheshmani (Ph.D. 2011, jointly supervised with Sheldon Katz, now Harvard/Aarhus), Chunyi Li (2014, now Warwick), Mee Seong Im (2014, now West Point), Itziar Ochoa (2018, now Yale), Matej Penciak (2019, now Northeastern), Shiyu Shen (2019, now Toronto), Josh Wen, Ciaran O'Neill.
I was a Simons Fellow in Mathematics in 2017-2018.
In Fall, 2014 I was an Associate in UIUC's Center for Advanced Study and (for some weeks) a Research Member at MSRI.
In May, 2014 I was a Simons Visiting Professor at Oberwolfach and Oxford.
In Trinity Term, 2013 I was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
In Winter, 2013 I was a Research Professor at MSRI.
In 2013, I received the UIUC Math Department's Distinguished Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty.
In 2009-2010, I was a Helen Corley Petit Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois.
In December, 2008 I was an NAS-Cinvestav Lecturer in Mexico City.
In 2007-2008 I was a Beckman Fellow in UIUC's Center for Advanced Study.
I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in June 2000, under the direction of Kevin Corlette. In 2000--2004 I was an assistant professor and NSF postdoctoral fellow at Michigan with Bill Fulton as my NSF supervisor. In spring 2002 I visited MSRI as a postdoctoral fellow.
``The motivation for a physicist to study 1-dimensional problems is best illustrated by the story of the man who, returning home late at night after an alcoholic evening, was scanning the ground for his key under a lamppost; he knew, to be sure, that he had dropped it somewhere else, but only under the lamppost was there enough light to conduct a proper search.'' --F. Calogero
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