My research explores the interplay between algebra and combinatorics. I specialize in combinatorial representation theory, which observes that we can gain insights into abstract mathematical structures by realizing them in more concrete ways. In recent years, I have become especially involved in an emerging area known as superrepresentation theory, a theory that uses a precise form of fudging to better understand problems that are known to be mathematically impossible. This new interest has also inspired me to study combinatorial Hopf algebras in more detail.
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Topics of interest: Representation theory, character theory, supercharacter theory, groups of Lie type, Hecke algebras, symmetric functions, Hopf algebras and monoids
MATH 2001  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
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Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Introduces the ideas of rigor and proof through an examination of basic set theory, existential and universal quantifiers, elementary counting, discrete probability, and additional topics. Credit not granted for this course and MATH 2002.
MATH 3140  Abstract Algebra 1
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Fall 2019
Studies basic properties of algebraic structures with a heavy emphasis on groups. Other topics, time permitting, may include rings and fields.
MATH 6130  Algebra 1
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Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
Studies group theory and ring theory. Department enforced prerequisite: MATH 3140. Instructor consent required for undergraduates.