I am a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. I was an Assistant Professor (Postdoc) at Vanderbilt University for three years from 2014-2017. I earned my my PhD in June 2014 at the University of California, Los Angeles, under the direction of my doctoral advisor Dimitri Shlyakhtenko. I received my bachelor's degree in June 2009 from the University of Washington. You can find my CV here.

I did a senior thesis at University of Washington, under the supervision of Doug Lind, which you can find here. You can also find my PhD thesis here.

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In 2020, I am hosting the East Coast Operator Algebras Seminar at the University of Virginia. You can see the website here.


I am interested in operator algebras and ergodic theory, in particular their intersection. I am currently investigating sofic entropy as well as microstates free entropy dimension. I try to apply techniques from operator algebras/free probability to solve problems in ergodic theory and vice versa. My initial research used ideas from sofic entropy to give a definition of extended von Neumann dimension for actions of groups/equivalence relations on L^{p}-spaces, with applications to the cost vs. l^{2}-Betti number problem. I am also interested in measured group theory, the study of sofic groups, as well as random matrices.


Department of Mathematics

University of Virginia

141 Cabell Drive, Kerchof Hall

P.O. Box 400137

Charlottesville, VA 22904

E-mail: brh5c@virginia.edu