Basic Info

  • • I am an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a PIMS postdoctoral fellow.
  • • Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is my last first initial followed by my last name @uw.edu. In person you can find me at my office, Padelford Hall C-417.
  • • Here is my cv.
  • • At left is me with my beagle, Piko. Her name means belly button in Hawaiian, among other things.

Who I am

I am an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously, I was a VIGRE Fellow at UC Davis. I received my Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 2009 under the direction of Vic Reiner.

The pictures above

The banner pictures are of the following.
(1) A picture of Mount Baker taken from a ferry in Puget Sound.
(2) Late spring, early summer (i.e., last few days of June) in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Idaho on a rainy day.
(3) Piko staring at Medicine Bow Lake in November, up in Banff National Park. It was incredibly cold that day.
(4) Crevasses near the bottom of the Easton glacier on Mount Baker. You can my see group's tents in the middle of the picture.
(5) Del Campo peak in the Gothic Basin of Washington's central cascades.

What I do

I study algebraic and geometric combinatorics. I particularly like to study matroids and hyperplane arrangements through their algebraic and geometric invariants.

The point-line incidences in the above non-Pappus configuration cannot be realized by a collection of straight lines in a projective space over a field. I like to find ways that algebraic objects see this fact.