I am a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (CV) at Swarthmore College, in the Philadelphia area, working in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  My wife teaches at Swarthmore too.

Prior to this position I was tenure-track at University of Georgia, and before that an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, sponsored by Bernd Sturmfels. I finished my Ph.D. in 2011 at Brown University under the supervision of Dan Abramovich.


My research has focused mostly on moduli/configuration spaces, geometric invariant theory (GIT), and tropical geometry; more recently I have also worked in topological data analysis.  I am also interested in interactions between math and other subjects, such as law and literature.

Students, please contact me if you are curious about participating in an independent study/research project; I can suggest possible topics, depending on your interests, or if you have ones in mind already just let me know.

In addition to research and pedagogy, I am interested in the public policy aspects of my profession, e.g., issues of STEM funding, education, and diversity.

My undergraduate studies were at University of Washington, working mostly with Jim MorrowChuck DoranHenry Cohn, and Jerry Seidler.  Before that, I was home schooled by my hippie parents.  If my last name seems familiar in math, there's a good chance you know my brother.